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[share] "Trapping Children Indoors"

Originally posted by ysabetwordsmith at Trapping Children Indoors

Here's an illustration of how children's freedom has been curtailed over the generations.

If it's not "safe" for children to roam free, then either we have failed at creating a decent society, or we have failed to prepare young people for life; or some combination of those two.  If they are not taught how to navigate the world, assess and deal with its risks, then they will arrive at adulthood without those crucial survival skills.  And they will have access to far more dangerous things than a sidewalk to bike down or a tree to climb.  They'll be driving cars and managing their sexuality, and gods help us all if they don't know how to handle dangers safely before then.

This is so sad. It was already obvious when I was a child in the 70s and is now ridiculous, IMHO.


Aug. 3rd, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I would be adopting if anything and even then I'm not certain that I'd be able to cope with it. We'll see.

But I think that the article you linked only touched on one small part of a much bigger issue. The restrictions and ways that children are being stunted aren't just geographical, they're emotional and educational as well.

This "everybody wins and everybody is special" attitude that is prevalent does no favors for children when they enter a real world that is, quite frankly, brutal and unfair.

Then on top of that the "do no wrong" approach to raising children is impacting the educational system, too. There's a lot of news about parents who have taken it upon themselves to hijack the educational system and force teachers to only cover topics that are palatable to the most conservative, but less attention is given to the way teachers are strongarmed by their administration and the threat of parental lawsuits into passing students whose work should be failed.

I teach in college classrooms, often with full course responsibility as a faculty associate. By the time these kids reach college, they have no idea how to take care of themselves or assume responsibility for their own actions. Many of my students have obviously been functionally illiterate, and many others have seen plagiarism as a completely acceptable means of getting by. The really sad thing is that many higher education administrations refuse to back their teachers in cases of blatant plagiarism or other academic misconduct because of the constant threat of lawsuits by overbearing parents.

Look, you got my longer rant anyway :)
Aug. 4th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)

I do think that the "everybody wins and everybody is special" thing is more a US thing than a UK thing (where I am) but I do agree that education has dumbed down a little since I was in school (I am 45 today!).


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