A good childhood: searching for values in a competitive age

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Penguin, Feb 5, 2009 - Social Science - 238 pages
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Is childhood all it should be? Or has it been spoilt by broken homes, junk food, alcohol and exam stress?These issues are discussed, with increasing concern, by parents of children of all ages, by teachers, by the media and by everyone who is worried about the future of our society. But is life really more difficult for children than it was, and if so why? and how can we make it better?A Good Childhood provides the facts on the state of childhood today and provides striking and imaginative proposals for how it could be made better for all children, whatever their background, giving them the values they need to be happy and to flourish. All discussions about childhood from now on should start from this crucial report.This clear-headed and compassionate book is the result of the biggest inquiry into the condition of childhood ever conducted in the UK, drawing upon the work of leading experts as well as the words of children themselves. It explores the main influences to which every child is exposed - family, friends, youth culture, values, and schooling - as well as looking at questions such as: Are league tables of schools doing more harm than good? Should advertising to children be banned? What effect does income inequality have on childhood?

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This is a well written and compelling presentation of a comprehensive analysis of the life of children in the UK in 2007 / 2008 carried out by a panel with a wide range of experience in child ... Read full review


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Richard Layard is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, and author of the best-selling Happiness (Penguin, 2005). He was founder-director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and now heads its programme on well-being. He is also a member of the House of Lords.

Judy Dunn is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. Her research interests are in children's social, emotional and communicative development, studied in their families and with their friends. She is Chair of the Good Childhood Inquiry.

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