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How We Deprive Children of the Physical Activity They Need

Monitoring, structuring, and protecting reduce children’s activity and health. Most of my writing about children’s free play has been about the mental health benefits (e.g. here), but in this essay, I’m concerned with the physical health benefits. Children are designed, … Continue reading

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Socioeconomic background linked to reading improvement

About 20 percent of children in the United States have difficulty learning to read, and educators have devised a variety of interventions to try to help them. Not every program helps every student, however, in part because the origins of … Continue reading

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Children Separated From Parents

What consequences would a parent face if they forced their own child to live in a cage? Their actions would be considered child abuse and neglect, and such conduct is condemned by our institutions! Child Endangerment refers to an act … Continue reading

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One More Really Big Reason to Read Stories to Children

If you Google reading to children you will find no end of websites telling you why you should do so. One that comes up near the top has the stern (and therefore somewhat off-putting) title Seven Reasons Why You MUST … Continue reading

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How Children Learn

In a survey we conducted a few years ago, Gina Riley and I asked unschooling families to name the writers whose works had influenced them most in their decision to take that route. John Holt was by far the most … Continue reading

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Children’s Rights

Children are young human beings. Some children are very young human beings. As human beings children evidently have a certain moral status. There are things that should not be done to them for the simple reason that they are human. … Continue reading

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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

“When we have a rich meta-strategic base for our thinking, that helps us to be more independent learners,” said Project Zero senior research associate Ron Ritchhart at a Learning and the Brain conference. “If we don’t have those strategies, if … Continue reading

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At what age do kids recognise fairness?

Children as young as seven have the same capacity as adults to make judgments on the anti-social behavior of others. A study led by University of Queensland School of Psychology researcher Matti Wilks found that older kids (aged 7–8), but … Continue reading

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Group learning makes children better decision-makers

Children who participate in collaborative group work to learn about significant social issues become better decision-makers than their peers who learn the same curriculum through teacher-led discussions, a new study finds. More than 760 fifth-grade students were involved in the … Continue reading

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Listening, not testing, will improve children’s vocabulary

Every few months a story appears about the declining speech and language skills of children arriving in primary school. The epithet “the daily grunt” was invented by one newspaper to capture the lack of communication between parent and child, implying … Continue reading

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