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In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Beacon Pr
Publication date August 15, 2007
Pages 205
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780807032862
ISBN-10 0807032867
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.88 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $24.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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 control from dawn until dusk. Lamenting risk-averse parents, overstructured school days, and a lack of playtime 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-equipped to face adulthood. The "domestication of childhood" squeezes the adventure out of kids' lives and threatens to smother the spark that animates each child with talents, dreams, and inclinations.

There 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 be.

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Hardcover
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from Beacon Pr (August 15, 2007)
9780807032862 | details & prices | 205 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.88 lbs | List price $24.95
About: 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.
Paperback
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from Beacon Pr (August 15, 2008)
9780807032879 | details & prices | 205 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.62 lbs | List price $16.00
About: The pressures of modern life are increasingly squeezing the adventure, the wonder, the physicality-the juice -out of children's lives.
Miscellaneous
from Beacon Pr (August 1, 2007)
9780807032947 | details & prices | List price $13.95

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