Jun 4, 2021 • 58M

15: Sarah Fitz-Claridge - Taking Children Seriously

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Sarah Fitz-Claridge is a writer, coach and speaker with a fallibilist world view. She started the journal that became Taking Children Seriously in the early 1990s after being surprised by the heated audience reactions she was getting when talking about children. She has spoken all over the world about her educational philosophy, and you can find transcripts of some of her talks on her website.

Sarah's Website: https://www.fitz-claridge.com/

Sarah's Twitter: https://twitter.com/FitzClaridge

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00:00 Intro 

01:23 Taking Children Seriously 

05:46 Are children rational? 

08:08 Coercion 14:56 Education 

26:01 Authority, discipline, and passion 

30:41 The psychological harm to children 

33:29 Dealing with toddlers 

40:08 Are we too optimistic about uncoerced children? 

47:38 Why is everyone wrong about children? 

53:48 Child labor 

56:43 Age of consent