Taking Children Seriously

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Taking Children Seriously is an educational movement founded by Sarah Lawrence, David Deutsch, and Kolya Wolf, based upon the idea that it is possible and desirable to raise and educate children without doing anything to them against their will and without making them do anything against their will. Lawrence [1] publishes a journal of the same name, and maintains a mailing list and website [2].

What distinguishes TCS parenting and education from other such philosophies is that in TCS families, instead of the parents imposing their will on their children, or self-sacrificing for their children, parents and children work together to find real solutions to any problems or disagreements they have. A real solution, says Lawrence, is a common preference, a solution all parties genuinely prefer to all other candidate solutions they can think of.

Lawrence says that her philosophy is inspired by the epistemology of Karl Popper. According to TCS, Popper's epistemology is a universal theory of how knowledge grows and it has profound implications for educational theory. Lawrence says that Popper himself never made this connection.