- 2 years ago
We take a historical view of American childhood to better understand parenting today. Historian of childhood and education, Cal Professor Paula Fass, makes the case that American childhood in the early days of the republic was unique compared to the structures "old world", instilling autonomy and independence in the young. While some of that remains in today's child rearing traditions, much of it has also been lost as economic fears and safety concerns have led to so-called helicopter parenting. Professor Fass lays out her case in her new book, The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting From Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child.