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FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness ↠ 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 coTime 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 right answers” He believes our school system neither understands nor do they care for children Children are herded through curriculum and grade levels and diplomas and degrees and one find day find themselves at the end with a high approval ratings from adults but no real life experience to share in the adult world It is ‘arrested adulthood’ and people in their 30’s are finding themselves trapped in it because of the “maddening double message” that has been fed to them all their lives “grow up fast but you don’t have to grow up at all”So what are Merc’s solutions 1 Have your baby at homeAgain I have the hardest time with the dogmatism of this one I’m just not convinced that babies and mothers are as estranged and their relationship as mechanized as the author suggests Doesn’t getting a midwife imply that one needs expert attention and assistance Then why not a doctor with expert nurses all around I understand the whole idea of avoiding ultra insulation in medical practices but I’m not sure I’m with him all the way here Ohand his wife is a midwife Author’s bias anyone2 ReadNot just to your kids Read for yourself One day your kids will catch on to the areas in which their parents are unable to demonstrate a conviction despite how much they pretend to want their kids to buy into itBut yes as we all know we must also read to our kids The author suggests we read a lot of fairy talesmyths in particular Why “Embedded in fairy talesare rich archetypal symbols and themes that enable children to integrate rather than suppress the turbulent dimensions of their personalities” In other words fairy tales and ancient myths are raw and gritty with earthy emotions and expressions of genuine desires that are often repressed by the social contract—Law It would be wise to remember that Freud warned that the ego Merc’s ‘inner wildness’ can only endure a certain amount of unsatisfied libido before it channels its energies into a neurosis Rugged myth is indeed absent from our Sesame Streets and Little Einsteins on which ‘adventures’ are tame exploits into the alphabet or subtle lessons on safety and basic math You can tell we don’t trust childrenmaybe we’re afraid they might possibly grow into US3 Work to help children develop intrinsic motivation instead of mere extrinsic motivationIntrinsic motivation goes beyond ‘the carrot and the stick’ and keeps in mind that “the archenemy of intrinsic motivation is control” To illustrate his point Merc offers the contrast of encouraging a child and positively praising them by saying “You must have worked very hard to accomplish that” versus dangling the flattery “You must be really smart” One turns the child’s focus towards their own sense of fulfillment from the task while the latter turns the focus on how they stacked up against others who compete for their place of acceptance The first is the child doing something for themselves and the second for the approval of those around them A healthy individual must at some point must steer away from dependence