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Empowering Neighborhoods and Restoring Play: A Modest Proposal

Because neighbors don't know one another as they once did, parents' fears of "strangers" in the neighborhood has helped to cause a sharp decline in children's free outdoor neighborhood play. Here is a proposal for bringing neighbors together and creating safe, neighborhood play-and-learning centers that everyone can enjoy. We may actually do this, as a pilot project, in a neighborhood already selected. Please read on, and supply your ideas for improving the project.

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Why Have Trustful Parenting and Children’s Freedom Declined in Recent Decades?

Why is trustful parenting so much more difficult than in decades past? Why are today's children afforded less freedom than we were when we were children? In this essay I suggest the following reasons: (1) the decline of neighborhoods; (2) the decline in adults' firsthand knowledge of child development and the worldwide sharing of fears; (3) the increased uncertainty about the future; (4) the increased intrusiveness of school systems into children's and families' lives; and (5) the rise of a pedagogical model of child development that has its origins in the increased power of schools.

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Hillary Clinton’s and My Wonderful Childhoods: Trustful Parenting Continued

What about your childhood? What memories do you have of adventures that would be forbidden by most parents today? Here are some of Hillary Clinton's childhood memories, and some of my own. I thank my parents and the whole community that made such adventures possible, and I imagine that Hillary thanks her parents and community too.

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