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Of course the brilliant rhetorical strategy of such a 'philosophy' is that it implies that all the rest of us louts are NOT taking children seriously. *sigh* --MichaelTinkler


My sister in law raises her kid by letting the six year old makes all the decisions. The kid only eat hamburgers and candy and nothing else, she watches TV instead of doing homework.

I guess even Tarzen got disciplined by his ape mother. Such hands-off policy described here is anti-educational. IMHO, it is plainly irresponsible to leave decisions to children because they lack the experience to tell what is good or bad in the long run.


How this works out for the children is a matter that should be addressed in the article. Also what about the laws requiring schooling? --rmhermen


Who advocates TCS? Is Taking Children Seriously the title of a book? Is it always referred to with all caps ("Taking Children Seriously"), or is that just the title of a book? I think we should always strive to give the context in which theories are advocated; they don't exist in some Platonic realm, in my opinion, but are created and advocated by people, and it helps a lot to know who has advocated the theories. What does it mean to say that TCS "has close ties to the philosophy of Karl Popper"? What kind of close ties? --LMS


I've been researching home schooling lately, and what this article seems to be describing is most often called invited learning. Is there a significant difference between the two concepts? --STG


Is it me, or is there an implication that TCS=letting them make the decisions? Sorry, but kids don't really have that capacity while in grammar school, at least, do they? I was under the impression that you give kids a choice to help them decide, e.g., Would you like milk or Orange juice -- NOT, what do you want to drink? And does anybody else find it funny that anybody can home-school their kid (even somebody without even a high school education), but if you have a PhD, you still can't teach in most states without going back to school for a teaching certificate? (sorry -- personal pet peeve coming out here). Personally, I take kids a lot more seriously than I take most of their parents! JHK