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How Does School Wound? Kirsten Olson Has Counted Some Ways

In her book "Wounded by School," Kirsten Olson identifies seven ways by which school can produce lifelong wounds. What lasting emotional effects--positive or negative--has school had on you? How is school currently affecting your children or others whom you love?

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Amy Chua Is a Circus Trainer, Not a Tiger Mother

Amy Chua may not have written her "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" as satire, but in fact it is satire. It shows the absurdity of our current, mainstream approach to education if we take it to its logical conclusion.

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The Dramatic Rise of Anxiety and Depression in Children and Adolescents: Is It Connected to the Decline in Play and Rise in Schooling?

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. This holds even when the diagnostic criteria are constant. Some attribute this rise in psychopathology to the culture's increased materialism and orientation toward extrinsic goals. To that idea I add a further hypothesis.

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