By Richard House

"All is obviously no longer good with kid's healthiness within the Anglo-Saxon West, as witnessed by way of a gentle flow of analysis studies that position kid's wellbeing and fitness within the united kingdom and the us very close to, if no longer at, the ground of foreign tables. This mounting cultural and political hindrance for kid's wellbeing and fitness has been buttressed via high-profile media curiosity within the "toxic adolescence" topic popularized by way of author  Read more...

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And consequently in our society and in the very world in which we are bringing up our children and living our lives, there is a wonderment about childhood—an almost magical space where not only can we enhance their lives, but through which adults can gain a dimension that may never be made explicit, but which can nourish human well-being. Yet what we find are conditions developing which produce a dramatic reduction in the time spent between adults and children. indb 30 10/21/09 4:56:25 PM C H I L D H O O D, W E L L - B E I N G A N D A T H E R A P E U T I C E T H O S 31 shocking statistics of how very few male teachers now work in primary schools.

Audits could return to being seen more as a rule of thumb, and not as something by which we are systematically governed. It is as if being subject to audit technology gives some a false sense of control. indb 19 10/21/09 4:56:15 PM 20 C H I L D H O O D, W E L L - B E I N G A N D A T H E R A P E U T I C E T H O S here that it is sometimes better to be subject to that which we can never fully explain, and by being able to stay with such inabilities we can be more open to our potency and potentiality.

Indb 37 10/21/09 4:56:27 PM 38 C H I L D H O O D, W E L L - B E I N G A N D A T H E R A P E U T I C E T H O S contemporary childhood in Britain. At a conference for signatories to that letter held at Roehampton University in December 2006, I was asked to talk about my own involvement in this issue, and my book Toxic Childhood, in which I attempted to sum up expert concern. This chapter tells how I, as a specialist in primary literacy, found myself in the middle of the ‘toxic childhood’ debate. Language, listening, and literacy It began in response to concerns among primary teachers around the UK.

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