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
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
Because it wa...