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Why Pygmies Make Better Parents

My TIME.com post on why modern parents have things backwards about child development, nurturing, and the value of play: “With narcissism levels on the rise among college students, and kids everywhere growing up with inflated egos and deflated life prospects, it’s hard to make … Continue reading

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Constructive Paranoia

I’ve been reading a new book called The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond (the Guns, Germs, and Steel guy), about what we can learn from ‘ancestral’ (i.e. hunter-gatherer) societies. He’s pretty clear about the things we might not wish to … Continue reading

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To Want “But Little”: Reflections from a Second Grade Classroom

“My greatest skill in life was wanting but little.”   -Henry David Thoreau Here’s an old journal entry I wrote when I was student-teaching in a second grade class with Mehrnoosh Watson, a master teacher who had a profound influence on … Continue reading

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Why Children Need Play

This is the best-ever reason children should be encouraged to play! Read the whole article, “All Work and No Play Make the Baining the Dullest Culture on Earth” here, but the summary is that the Baining people of Papua New Guinea are … Continue reading

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