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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."
“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
Posted March 4, 2003
As an expectant mother, I was amazed by the number of parenting books on the market that are geared toward preparing your child for the future. Like any parent, I want my child to be successful and confident. But most of all, I want my child to be happy. Luckily, I discovered William Crain's book, Reclaiming Childhood. The book has enlightening chapters on children's inherent ability to develop remarkable artistic, linguistic, and creative skills during their early years. It demonstrates that allowing a child to grow and learn in accordance with his or her own developmental timeline will allow the child to flourish and preserve skills and abilities that are often suppressed in a society obsessed with preparing for the future. Many of my generation have felt the need to be successful in the eyes of others at the expense of pursuing what we truly enjoy. I would hate for this to happen to my son. After reading William Crain's book, I feel confident that by simply introducing my child to his natural surroundings and allowing him to follow his own developmental instincts, I will be doing the right thing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2012
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