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FREE READ In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness · PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¶ 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' livTime 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 euipped to face adulthood The domestication of childhood sueezes the adventure out of kids' lives and threatens to smother. It's not that this is a bad book it's just not gripping me like the last child development books I read I've read all of this stuff before so I found myself skimming a lot The gist of it it's important for children's development that they get time to play Real play Not structured adult versions of play but running around the backyard playing imaginative silly kids games He calls it inner wildness It's a fairly anti school book because kids mostly sit at desks all day and he attacks that a bit but again no new material for me at least But it was a good reminder to let go a little and remember my son learns best when it's during play

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The spark that animates each child with talents dreams and inclinationsThere 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. This is an excellent book I don't agree with everything stated but I love that he understands what the problem is and has great ideas on how to fix it I appreciate the numerous studies used for the facts and his honesty about his opinions and concerns Reading to children removing the overwhelming technological influences and allowing them to spend time outside and take reasonable risks is the key to a good childhood and a solid foundation for adulthood It is well worth the read

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In Defense of Childhood Protecting Kids' Inner WildnessAs 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 play. In this short book Mercogliono launches an attack on the modern forces of conformity and societal control over children by labeling these threats “the systematic domestication of childhood itself” What would warrant such an accusation against the uality of our care of life’s most precious resource Criticizing parenting and children’s education can be a slippery endeavor for what life form doesn’t want to take care of its progeny None as it turns out but Mercogliano offers a helpful euation at the end of the book why the endbeats me that helps to account for the total misplacement of values Fear leads to control and control leads to domestication When we allow fear to consume us our reflex is to completely systematize our lives and super refine our processes We sanitize everything We pad every corner We child proof every door leading to other worlds In short even great parents and educators fall into the trap of insulating our children from dangerous magical beautiful life This over protection is cloaked domestication and we raise children like livestock growing their minds in petri dishes As a result childhood—real pure virgin childhood with all of its risks margins of free time and un manipulated play—is becoming endangered in our society Mercogliano hitherto lovingly referred to as Merc starts out with citing many of the fears that motivate parents to over protect their kids’ lives He believes it all starts at childbirth where a mother is practically hooked up to machines to birth the baby for her and parent child bonding is inhibited He speaks on this at length and frankly belabors the subject I’m not sure I buy into all the hysteria about the artificiality and depersonalization of hospitals and modern medicine but I do see the far reaching risks of indiscriminately giving our bodies over to be completely regulated by machines We also risk trusting life less risk trusting our bodily defenses and self healing less and risk losing trust in the level of our pain tolerance and in our sense of the meaning of pain But I also see that we are subtly making a sacrifice of relationship—mutual reliance between human beings—for safety We are entrusting maybe selling our souls to machinesFrom childbirth he moves to the fears we all face as we try to raise a child in a hazardous world Here we develop rules and less freedom for kids to hurt themselves or screw something up He cites the scare over Halloween candy that had cautious parents thinking that every piece of candy was laced with poison or concealed a razor blade I was surprised to learn that this scare was blown WAY out of proportion in the 70’s and two sociologists studying all reported cases of Halloween candy deaths dating back to 1958 found not a single incident of a death from trick or treating at strangers’ homes But the fear of something bad happening greatly changed the way we thought of Halloween for decadesThis paranoia over our children’s safety encroaches upon our dreams for their success Schools have become ‘factory learning’ centers that are over scheduled send home too much homework and focus on an extrinsic reward system of adult approval grades rather than intrinsic motivation that takes into account each student’s uniue interests and strengths The author cracks schools and modern academia against the skull with words that ring like an aluminum baseball bat “Classrooms are becoming places where kids spend their days like cloned sheep grazing passively in a pasture of uniform rig