â€œI think this school is making a mistake,” tweeted Jonathan Haidt, co-author of “The Coddling of the American Mind.”
The Hackney New School in London that I write about over at Let Grow. (Click here to read.)
“A school without bullying sounds like a utopia, but it is achievable,â€ Hackney’s head of school announced. But the way she eliminated bullying was by replacing recess with geography quizzes and poetry recitations. “We want every second at school to count.â€
I’m sure the kids are counting the seconds, too.
As Haidt, a co-founder of Let Grow, put it in his Tweet:Â “Perhaps they have eliminated bullying by eliminating unsupervised play, but they are likely going to produce more fragile graduates. Would be great to compare outcomes to schools that increase play.”