Readers — Donald Christensen, a longtime Free-Range supporter, deep thinker about encouragement, and author of the blog Tryathlete.org, came up with a great idea: Let’s make a then-vs.-now poster with all the modern-day things we say to kids to keep them “safe”… that really just depress, demoralize or defeat them. Woo hoo!
Now, I realize this poster can be hard to read on a screen, so here’s what’s on it so far:
THINGS TO TEACH CHILDREN
If you get lost, ask a stranger for help Be suspicious of everyone
You can ride your bike to school Don’t trust strangers
Let’s play dodge ball No bomb dives
Come inside when the street lights No running
You CAN do it You CAN’T do it
The rest of the poster asks for your suggestions! So…suggest! – L.