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The Conspiracy Against Childhood


reviewed by John Williams 1969

coverTitle: The Conspiracy Against Childhood
Author(s): Eda J. LeShan
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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Book titles, like newspaper headlines, sometimes seem to be chosen for their shock value. Although the title of this book is shocking, it is quite descriptive of the author's view of certain prevalent attitudes toward children and childhood in contemporary American culture. Mrs. LeShan's principal thesis is that there is, at present, a concerted effort to divert our children from the normal process of gradual intellectual and social growth by premature emphases on the development of intellectual skills and the acquisition of knowledge which may (or may not) have applications to adult life. We are not content, says the author, to let our children enjoy childhood; we feel compelled to move them with the greatest haste toward adulthood. The great paradox is that this trend is intensifying at a time when medical science is prolonging human life and, hence, assuring us of an even longer period of productive adulthood. Along... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 5, 1969, p. 468-470
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1927, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 1:02:11 PM

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