Archive for Consumer Behavior

Children Teach Themselves to Read

The general assumption in our culture is that children must be taught to read, but the experiences of "unschooling" families and of people involved in the Sudbury school movement prove otherwise. Here, based on stories submitted by parents, are seven principles relevant to the question of how children teach themselves to read without formal instruction.

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The Decline of Play and Rise in Children's Mental Disorders

Rates of depression and anxiety among American children and adolescents have been increasing steadily for the past fifty to seventy years. Today five to eight times as many young people meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or an anxiety disorder as was true half a century ago or more. Why?

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As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

In the 1950s, E. Paul Torrance developed ways to measure children's creativity that have proven to be valid predictors of adult accomplishment. A new study using Torrance's measures indicates that children's creativity has been on the decline for the past 20 to 30 years.

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