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Reclaiming Childhood

Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society

William Crain

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“A thoughtful and valuable resource for parents and teachers looking for alternative approaches to education.” —Booklist

As our children are pushed harder than ever to perform so that they will one day “make the grade” in the adult world, parents are beginning to question the wisdom of scheduling childhood’s basic pleasures. In Reclaiming Childhood, William Crain argues that rather than trying to control a young child, the best a parent can offer is “a patient and unobtrusive presence that gives the child the security and the freedom to explore the world on her own.” He examines how children find their way to natural development through experiences with nature, art, and language, and makes a strong case for child-centered education—a movement that may be under fire, but that is very much alive.
“A thoughtful and valuable resource for parents and teachers looking for alternative approaches to education.” —Booklist

As our children are pushed harder than ever to perform so that they will one day “make the grade” in the adult world, parents are beginning to question the wisdom of scheduling childhood’s basic pleasures. In Reclaiming Childhood, William Crain argues that rather than trying to control a young child, the best a parent can offer is “a patient and unobtrusive presence that gives the child the security and the freedom to explore the world on her own.” He examines how children find their way to natural development through experiences with nature, art, and language, and makes a strong case for child-centered education—a movement that may be under fire, but that is very much alive.

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Reclaiming Childhood
CHAPTER 1Following Nature's Plan: Child-Centered Parenting in the Early YearsNEW PARENTS face many uncertainties. This is especially true in the United States and other nations that emphasize progress and change. Unlike parents in more stable, traditional societies, U.S. parents do not always feel they can turn to their own parents and grandparents for child-care advice. Instead, today's parents search for newer and better ways, looking for the latest scientific findings and approaches. But the experts aren't always in agreement, and parents can easily become confused and
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“In an age when high-stakes testing and high-stress lives dominate the headlines, William Crain reminds us evocatively of a precious, irreplaceable time—the 100,000 hours of childhood.” —Howard Gardner

“A vitally important book. Reclaiming Childhood asks us to stop and consider how the obession with standards and testing in school actually harms children at the most fundamental level.” —Peter Sacks, author of Standardized Minds
“In an age when high-stakes testing and high-stress lives dominate the headlines, William Crain reminds us evocatively of a precious, irreplaceable time—the 100,000 hours of childhood.” —Howard Gardner

“A vitally important book. Reclaiming Childhood asks us to stop and consider how the obession with standards and testing in school actually harms children at the most fundamental level.” —Peter Sacks, author of Standardized Minds

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • William Crain

  • William Crain, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist, author, and social activist. A professor of psychology at the City College of New York, he is the author of a major textbook in the field. His 1997 article in Montessori Life magazine, “How Nature Helps Children Develop,” was a finalist for the 1998 EdPress Award for excellence in educational journalism. He lives in New York City.
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Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society

William Crain

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