Toxic Childhood: How The Modern World Is Damaging Our Children And What We Can Do About It Paperback – 3 May 2006
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Horribly convincing (INDEPENDENT)
The title has become shorthand for everything that's wrong with children's lives from excessive testing at school to violent computer games, sex, drugs and alcohol. (EVENING STANDARD)
There are so many more words of wisdom and warnings about the age our children live in that I can't recommend this book highly enough. The book confirms the vital role all parents play in our children's lives and it equips us to recognise and confront the challenges that our children face so that we can 'detox' their childhood. (Claire Paye www.mothersathomematter.co.uk)
A fascinating account of the problems facing kids today... it contains solid parenting advice on subjects ranging from diet to childcare. (SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE)
'A splendid book that draws together a vast swathe of the most authoritative research from a whole range of fields and disciplines ¿ that together explain ¿the worsening behaviour of children and the explosion in numbers of special needs pupils¿ (THE MOTHER)
Every parent should read this book, as it does contain a wealth of information you should know (EVENING HERALD)
One in six children in the developed world is diagnosed as having 'developmental or behavioural problems', and the number is rising by 25% each year - this book explains why and shows what can be done about itSee all Product Description
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In Finland, a teacher of nursery children must have a master's degree. Britain, on the cheap, uses poorly-qualified, even unqualified, staff, not just in nurseries but increasingly in primary and secondary education too. Our children from age five are subjected to tests and targets: our 11-year-olds are bottom of the league for enjoying reading. In Sweden and Finland, formal education starts at seven: they are top for literacy and have smaller gaps between rich and poor and between boys and girls.
But it is not just a matter of deficient parenting skills, or of a defective educational system. Why do these happen? Our competitive, long-hours, rat-race, culture is harming our children - and our adults too! When both parents have to be out working to make ends meet, the whole family suffers. As Ms Palmer says, we need family-friendly economies, not economy-friendly families.
And there is the vital matter of inequality, which, unfortunately, she does not treat in this book. Britain has the third biggest gap between haves and have-nots among the 24 OECD countries; the USA has the biggest. We have the second highest child death rate; the USA has the highest.Read more ›