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High School Program or Sing Sing?

. My friend, neighbor, and inspiration, Dan Akst, showed me this column of his about a science program one of his twin sons attended two summers ago at a New York State university. Though the program was for high school juniors — kids about 16 or 17 — here’s what the brochure promised: Resident assistants […]

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The Grapes of Death

. As you read this, note that the mom who wrote this, Alisha, is herself a retired “paramedic/firefighter is very aware of what is truly dangerous and is tired of EVERYTHING being treated as such.” Me too. Not tired of precautions. Not tired of safety. Tired of seeing all of childhood through the lens of […]

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Girl Guide Troop Won’t Let Girl, 9, Walk 2 Blocks Home

. Our culture SAYS we want to raise independent, problem-solving, self-reliant young people. We even have groups like the Scouts and Guides to foster just that ppirit. And then for one reason or another — insurance, fear, knee-jerk no-saying —  we do this: Dear Free-Range Kids: I really enjoyed the movie this morning about the […]

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Sign of the Times

. It’s so strange to me that society doesn’t connect the dots. Especially dots as obvious as these: Dear Free-Range Kids:  I live in Rockhampton Queensland Australia.  Our town is one of the states most obese.  Rockhampton has been identified as one of the cities that our states health system recently targeted to pilot a healthy eating, healthy […]

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Boy Scouts Can’t Squirt Squirt Guns at Each Other and Must Use Goggles

Boy Scouts can’t shoot squirt guns at each other. Here’s the rulebook (see page 99). And here’s the article for Boy Scout leaders that points out:  “Water guns and rubber band guns must only be used to shoot at targets, and eye protection must be worn.” Water balloons, meanwhile, have a size limit: “For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, […]

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What a Suicidal Pilot Can Teach Us about Trying to Predict All Risk

. Like everyone else, I wish that the suicidal Germanwings pilot had been stopped from boarding the plane. I even think it makes sense for Europe to copy our “two people in the cockpit at all times” rule. Nonetheless,  I love this essay by Stacey Gordon on her blog Xray Vision about the impossibility of predicting and […]

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