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Our Hurried Children
“The concept of childhood, so vital to the traditional American way of life, is threatened with extinction in the society we have created. Today’s child has become the unwilling victim of overwhelming stress—the stress borne of rapid, bewildering social change and constantly rising expectations.”
When were these words written? If you are thinking they’re from a recent educational symposium or an address by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, you would be wrong. The words are from 1981, written by then-controversial child psychologist and author David Elkind, Ph.D. What, we said? Our children hurried? How could that be when childhood in America is as sacrosanct as Mom’s apple pie and the 4th of July?
Because it wa...