Ships Without A Shore:

America’s Undernurtured Children

Childhood in America has changed, and not for the better. From day care for babies, to the exhausting array of activities for children, to the storm of lurid and violent shows now deemed appropriate for the young, to the expectation that teenagers build resumes, childhood has been thoroughly redefined. Anne R. Pierce argues that this radical re-definition has been embraced with remarkably little discussion about what children, by nature, need.

Steeped in intellectual permissiveness, we have convinced ourselves that parental substitutes are as good as parents themselves at caring for children, that the concepts of nurture and of the maternal are archaic and irrelevant, that more lessons and sports are better than less, and that innocence and knowledge are less important than worldly attitudes and competitive skills.

Select below to read an excerpt from Chapter 2, “Love and Stability: The Fundamentals of Early Childhood, Which Day Care Cannot Provide.”

 

“This book is brilliant… and should be required reading for all parents. I read it cover to cover with pencil in hand.”

ChristineMM, The Thinking Mother

“This is an extremely important
book on the challenges of child development at our current technological crossroads at which media is able to deliver incredible ‘programming’ to our youth to potentially disastrous effect.”

James E. Swain MD, PhD, FRCPC, Child Study Center at Yale University

“Gutsy and provocative, Anne Pierce presents an articulate, no-holds-barred indictment of current child-rearing practices. Read this book, and you will have plenty to talk—and to think—about!”

Jane M. Healy, PhD, Educational psychologist and author of “Endangered Minds; Why Our Children Don't Think and What We Can Do About It”



Copyright â°°7, Anne R. Pierce