Remember the old saw trotted out by our parents and grandparents to remind their more fortunate progeny to be grateful for their many blessings: "In my day, we had to walk to school uphill, both ways and barefoot!"?
Lenore Skenazy suggests that if the average kid of today would ever hear such a line, they'd be . . . jealous.
Why? It's pretty simple, actually: the longing in every human heart to be free. If Skenazy is correct, then it's fair to question whether today's parents are doing their job when it comes to raising self-governing adults.
Ben Boychuk interviews Skenazy, author of the provocative and (I think) mostly compelling Free Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts With Worry)
for the Heartland Institute's School Reform Podcast. You can listen to the interview here
or download it from iTunes, here
In the podcast, Skenazy discusses her recent Wall Street Journal column
in which she argues against the growing trend away from allowing kids to walk to school. Full disclosure: my kids don't walk to school . . . yet.