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IN DEFENSE OF CHILDHOOD, Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness (Paperback).


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IN DEFENSE OF CHILDHOOD, Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness. Mercogliano. Revised Edition. Citing the writings of Richard Louv and others, Mercogliano examines the consequences of the "domestication of childhood." Risk-averse administrators, over-structured school days, and lack of free play time and solitude, the author argues, rob 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. Protective over-planning squeezes the adventure out of kids' lives and threatens to smother the spark that animates each child with talents, dreams, inclinations and even genius. Mercogliano draws from his own experiences as codirector of the Albany Free School where real work and real play are balanced with opportunities for solitude and reflection. Numerous suggestions for restoring "wildness" are offered in these chapters. Some represent remarkably simple steps parents and educators can take to unplug certain media and immerse children in another. They validate what well-run nature centers, museums and schools have been doing for decades. At the same time, they offer compelling evidence for those institutions ready to make a shift. #EE-17037.
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