In Defense of Childhood

In Defense of Childhood

Author: Chris Mercogliano

Publisher: Beacon Press

Published: 2007

Total Pages: 238

ISBN-13: 9780807032862

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As codirector of the Albany Free School, Chris Mercogliano has had remarkable success in helping a diverse population of youngsters find their way in the world. He regrets, however, that most kids' lives are subject to some form of control from dawn until dusk. Lamenting risk-averse parents, overstructured school days, and a lack of playtime and solitude, Mercogliano argues that we are robbing our young people of "that precious, irreplaceable period in their lives that nature has set aside for exploration and innocent discovery," leaving them ill-equipped to face adulthood. The "domestication of childhood" squeezes the adventure out of kids' lives and threatens to smother the spark that animates each child with talents, dreams, and inclinations. There is plenty that those involved with children can do to protect their spontaneity and exuberance. We can address their desperate thirst for knowledge, give them space to learn from their mistakes, and let them explore what their place in the adult world might be.


How to Raise a Wild Child

How to Raise a Wild Child

Author: Scott D. Sampson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 2015

Total Pages: 353

ISBN-13: 0544279328

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The beloved host of PBS Kids' Dinosaur Train presents an activity-complemented guide for caregivers and teachers on how to alleviate common childhood challenges by forging strong connections between children and nature. 25,000 first printing.


Rethinking ADHD

Rethinking ADHD

Author: Sami Timimi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Published: 2017-09-16

Total Pages: 432

ISBN-13: 113702058X

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This book brings together, for the first time, a selection of international critiques on the role of ADHD in our society today, looking at how diagnoses have increased in recent years and the reasons behind this. Topics range from genetics to social culture, offering a comprehensive overview of this area.


Vital Signs

Vital Signs

Author: Gregg Levoy

Publisher: TarcherPerigee

Published: 2015-12-29

Total Pages: 514

ISBN-13: 0399174982

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Explores "what inspires passion and what defeats it. How we lose it and how we get it back. And, ultimately, [examines] the endless yet endlessly fruitful tug-of-war between freedom and domestication, the wild in us and the tame, our natural selves and our conditioned selves"--


HELP! My Child Hates School

HELP! My Child Hates School

Author: Mara Linaberger

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

Published: 2017-11-07

Total Pages: 126

ISBN-13: 1683506405

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A veteran educator tackles the many difficulties kids face in school—from bullying to lack of motivation—with strategies to help your child love learning. Is your child depressed, unmotivated, resentful, or angry when it’s time to go to school each morning? Does your child come home with stories of being bullied or made fun of? Does your child possess unusual talents that go unrecognized at school―or, worse, is he or she seen as strange by teachers or peers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, help has arrived. HELP! My Child Hates School cuts to the root of your child’s school issues and shows you practical ways to turn the situation around, getting your child out of misery and back to thriving. Along the way, Mara Linaberger, an educational innovator with more than twenty-five years of experience, will share stories, tips, and tricks to help instill a love for learning in your child! If your child can’t last another day in school, and you’ve had it with the fighting, crying, and coercing, HELP! My Child Hates School is for you.


Reclaming Childhood

Reclaming Childhood

Author: Helene Guldberg

Publisher: Routledge

Published: 2009-05-07

Total Pages: 216

ISBN-13: 1135226261

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Children are cooped up, passive, apathetic and corrupted by commerce... or so we are told. Reclaiming Childhood confronts the dangerous myths spun about modern childhood. Yes, children today are losing out on many experiences past generations took for granted, but their lives have improved in so many other ways. This book exposes the stark consequences on child development of both our low expectations of fellow human beings and our safety-obsessed culture. Rather than pointing the finger at soft ‘junk’ targets and labelling children as fragile and easily damaged, Helene Guldberg argues that we need to identify what the real problems are – and how much they matter. We need to allow children to grow and flourish, to balance sensible guidance with youthful independence. That means letting children play, experiment and mess around without adults hovering over them. It means giving children the opportunity to develop the resilience that characterises a sane and successful adulthood. Guldberg suggests ways we can work to improve children’s experiences, as well as those of parents, teachers and ‘strangers’ simply by taking a step back from panic and doom-mongering.


The Science of Play

The Science of Play

Author: Susan G. Solomon

Publisher: University Press of New England

Published: 2014-11-04

Total Pages: 231

ISBN-13: 1611686113

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Poor design and wasted funding characterize today's American playgrounds. A range of factors--including a litigious culture, overzealous safety guidelines, and an ethos of risk aversion--have created uniform and unimaginative playgrounds. These spaces fail to nurture the development of children or promote playgrounds as an active component in enlivening community space. Solomon's book demonstrates how to alter the status quo by allying data with design. Recent information from the behavioral sciences indicates that kids need to take risks; experience failure but also have a chance to succeed and master difficult tasks; learn to plan and solve problems; exercise self-control; and develop friendships. Solomon illustrates how architects and landscape architects (most of whom work in Europe and Japan) have already addressed these needs with strong, successful playground designs. These innovative spaces, many of which are more multifunctional and cost effective than traditional playgrounds, are both sustainable and welcoming. Having become vibrant hubs within their neighborhoods, these play sites are models for anyone designing or commissioning an urban area for children and their families. The Science of Play, a clarion call to use playground design to deepen the American commitment to public space, will interest architects, landscape architects, urban policy makers, city managers, local politicians, and parents.


Schools on Trial

Schools on Trial

Author: Nikhil Goyal

Publisher: Anchor

Published: 2017-01-10

Total Pages: 322

ISBN-13: 1101910224

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A devastating critique of the American way of education and a hopeful blueprint for change which can unlock the creativity and joy of learning inherent in all students. In this book Nikhil Goyal—a journalist and activist, whom The Washington Post has dubbed a “future education secretary” and Forbes has named to its 30 Under 30 list—both offers a scathing indictment of our teach-to-the-test-while-killing-the-spirit educational assembly line and maps out a path for all of our schools to harness children’s natural aptitude for learning by creating an atmosphere conducive to freedom and creativity. He prescribes an inspiring educational future that is thoroughly democratic and experiential, and one that utilizes the entire community as a classroom.


Unschooled

Unschooled

Author: Kerry McDonald

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Published: 2019-05-07

Total Pages: 193

ISBN-13: 1641600667

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Education has become synonymous with schooling, but it doesn't have to be. As schooling becomes increasingly standardized and test driven, occupying more of childhood than ever before, parents and educators are questioning the role of schooling in society. Many are now exploring and creating alternatives. In a compelling narrative that introduces historical and contemporary research on self-directed education, Unschooled also spotlights how a diverse group of individuals and organizations are evolving an old schooling model of education. These innovators challenge the myth that children need to be taught in order to learn. They are parents who saw firsthand how schooling can dull children's natural curiosity and exuberance and others who decided early on to enable their children to learn without school. Educators who left public school classrooms discuss launching self-directed learning centers to allow young people's innate learning instincts to flourish, and entrepreneurs explore their disillusionment with the teach-and-test approach of traditional schooling.