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"The Hurried Child" Book Review
A review of David Elkind's "The Hurried Child", which, according to the writer, was written 25 years ago, but is as relevant as ever in raising today's children.
# 146522 | 1,072 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper analyzes David Elkind's "The Hurried Child," asserting that the book is just as relevant today as at its writing 25 years ago. The paper explains that the book aims to show parents and educators the harmful effects of "hurrying" children - that is, requiring children to have adult-like organized and competitive lives. The book asserts that children need unstructured playtime, unorganized games with friends, and time to unwind and de-stress. Elkind elaborates on Piaget's stages and explains how unstructured creative time now can lead to healthy, productive, and happy children and adults later. The paper concludes that, although written several years ago, Elkind's observations and advice are timely and "The Hurried Child" is a must-read for anyone who has or works with children.

From the Paper:

"Elkind's ideas definitely reflect what I have seen and learned from my experiences with children, parents and schools. I have observed children who seem to have been hurried and those who have not. The hurried children appear more anxious and have been negatively affected by too much hurrying. Children who were given more freedom to play and more unstructured time actually appear more organized, calm and happy. Children in classrooms with a set amount of unstructured play seem to fair better than those in classrooms with timed play in specific adult appointed centers. Organized sports are of course wonderful and fantastic learning opportunities, but not if a child is being carted from one to the next. As Elkind reiterates, a good balance is required."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Elkind, D. (2006). The Hurried Child-25th Anniversary Edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press.

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