Hothouse Kids

Hothouse Kids How the Pressure to Succeed Is Threatening Childhood

Paperback (05 Jul 2007) | English

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Synopsis

Alissa Quart's deeply disturbing account looks at the intensely competitive and frenzied lives of America's children. Travelling the country and talking to scores of parents, teachers and children she looks at the overhyped world of baby edutainment and 'better baby' early education programmes, takes the lid off the world of IQ testing and child competitions (from Scrabble and chess to child preaching), and explores the lives of particular children who have been identified as prodigies - from a four-year-old painter whose works sell for $300,000 to an eight-year-old professional skateboarder who is backed by nine corporate sponsors. And she asks the questions that many parents find themselves asking. Where should parents and teachers draw the line? How do we establish when children are being under-stimulated or over-stretched? And can the hothousing of children lead to irreparable problems later in life? Hothouse Kids is a thought-provoking, often shocking exploration of a subject that is only too worryingly topical.

Book information

ISBN: 9780099509271
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Arrow Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 305.90890973
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 260g
Height: 198mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 19mm