Saturday, 13 August 2011

Modern parenting and the philosophy of children's learning

BBCs Magazine has a piece by the great essayist cum philosopher Alain de Botton where he evokes the ways modern parenting has evolved. His point is that the cozy mollycoddling looks decadent, appalling to older generations and from the outside, but is quite rational given the demands on children of today. Modern theories of childhood such Dion Summer and Dahlberg/Moss could not agree more.
Still I withhold my scepticism. Children are not cultural, but also mammal beings whatever the social constructivists and post-modernists say. Given that base, the modern parenting is at best harmless, at worse making the human species fade out into mini shrinks who terapeut one another. But I could be wrong.  

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