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Liberation's Children: Parents and Kids in a Postmodern Age Paperback – June 30, 2004
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An informed, intelligent and very powerful critique...Written with wit, with pointed examples and with passion. A very important book. (Judith Wallerstein, Ph.D.)
Adults...should take note of Hymowitz's observations about what 'liberation' has wrought. (William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, author of The Book of Virtues)
One of America's best analysts of child-rearing...fascinating.... Hymowitz is on to some very important truths...a masterpiece. (National Review)
Scrupulously points out the all-too-familiar obsession with individual autonomy. (The Weekly Standard)
Hymowitz raises difficult questions that should not be ignored, and she presents them with a befitting urgency.... Thought-provoking... (Foreword Reviews)
Offers an original and coherent reading of contemporary bewilderment about what our children need.... (Times Literary Supplement)
A very different set of insights which parents will appreciate. (Bookwatch)
Sharply drawn analyses... (Adolescence Magazine)
A devastating debunking of fashionable ideas that have brought much frustration and heartache to parents and children alike...It is impossible to summarize the many insights of 'Liberation's Children'. Get a copy of each and discover their sobering message yourself. (Thomas Sowell, Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University Capitalism Magazine)
Liberation's Children is a collection of essays that deserves to be knit together into the fabric of a book. (Mark Daims Human Nature Review)
Top Customer Reviews
I loved a number of sections of this book. Hymowitz dissects Sesame Street elegantly as a public TV enterprise that teaches kids to watch TV, not learn literacy. She points out that it is a paradox to teach children and adolescents to be free and also to have self-restraint. She takes exception to the "expert" view that children and adolescents "naturally" develop empathy: "And why are well-nurtured teenagers so lacking this natural feeling when it comes to the suffering that their flagrant rudeness causes their parents?" (p. 61).
Great book, a little hard to read casually, but her message is not a casual one. After you finish it, however, you may wonder, "Well, what do I do now?"
Much of the current wisdom as to how children should develop and how moms and dads should parent is simply wrong advice, argues Hymowitz. Today's children may be richer, better educated and healthier than any other generation, but many are emotionally, morally and spiritually deprived. We have pampered our children, spoiled our children, and immersed them in all the toys, gadgets and fashion they can stand, but most are still ill-equipped to face adulthood.
The proper moral and intellectual training of our children is giving way to trendy socialisation and the impoverishing effects of popular culture. These chapters highlight some of these disturbing trends, and demonstrate how our children are suffering as a result.
The opening chapter takes head on the day care establishment, and the myths surrounding it. Hymowitz documents how the feminist script is harming our children. Get a career, moms are told, and let the day care centres look after the kids. It will be good for them. But the research points in the opposite direction. The younger kids are, and the more time they spend in day care, the worse they fare. But a feminist-dominated media and a child-unfriendly culture seeks to cover up these truths, and make women feel guilty, not for abandoning their children, but for letting their maternal instincts tell them otherwise.Read more ›
My experience is that pieces in collections of this nature are often uneven in quality, but these are uniformly very articulate and well reasoned commentaries by an extremely thoughtful author with a very definite point of view. That point of view can be summarized as a belief that our culture has largely lost its moral moorings, and that we have no intellectual and spiritual base of agreed upon beliefs with which to educate our children.Read more ›
The book is a collection of essays, each covering a particular age, from daycare to preschool to tweens and so on. Each essay discusses the the pernicious effect of such venerable institutions as Sesame Street (sugar-coated fast pace pushing of empty movie and TV icons) on our children. In every essys, her analysis is so completely on the mark.
We are being manipulated and as parents we are not fighting. We buy tank tops for our tweens, high-cut bikini underwear and all sort of nonsense with out a whimper. We allow our baby girls to dress like Vegas show girls and are brainwahsed into thinking that it means nothing and has no effect on our girls' psyche. On all fronts, schools, media, clothing, everyone has dropped their standards.
No matter what age your child, I highly recommend this book. I am buying a bunch to give to my friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Basically a rehash of old home-brew wisdom repackaged for the post-modern age. Nothing new here. Also, kind of bitter. Possible issues with men. Dr Phil is at least interesting. Read morePublished on January 30, 2008 by J. Stead
Other than the sensationalistic spin, I fail to see Ms. Hymowitz's point in this lengthy, poorly written extended collection of essays about the raising of children in today's... Read morePublished on January 29, 2008 by cJw
Ms. Hymowitz cuts through today's cultural morass and pinpoints exactly where we are going wrong with today's achievement-oriented but emotionally vacuous and valueless children. Read morePublished on September 28, 2003 by Madelene Towne