Children Should Be Taught to Do Nothing

In school, children are given tight schedules to follow like a NASA astronaut. They have little agency, and while they are faced with consequences for under-performing, in general they do not get to choose what it is that they get to work on. To quote David Perell, “If we want to raise healthy, high-agency children, we should give them the freedom to make decisions without removing them from the consequences of those decisions. Giving children agency now will help them avoid a dark cycle of work, pain, and reckless release in the future.”

In the quest to bring widespread Educational Reform, schools should teach children to do nothing—to sit quietly with their thoughts and resist distraction.

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