June 18, 2007

A Nation of Wimps -- With Maps

The "nation(s) of wimps" meme has arrived at Boing Boing:

The Daily Mail has an article about how kids have been restricted from roaming far from their houses when they play or go to school and why this is bad for their mental health. It includes a map that shows how, over four generations, the roaming range afforded to kids has shrunk to the size a a backyard.

And tonight's ABC news featured The Dangerous Book for Boys.

Meanwhile, Denver Post op-ed columnist Stuart Clark Rogers thinks that his grandsons will not need to know how to use a pocketknife, tie a necktie, shoot a gun, etc. Apparently others will do all those things for them. Maybe they will not even need to go outdoors?

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