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by Stevanne Auerbach, Toy Expert and Writer  

There is a great deal to learn about the past from the history of toys. Toys show up in the earliest archives of ancient civilizations. Children played with bone, clay, reeds, stones, sticks, pieces of fabric, feathers, fur and other found objects. Today there are toys that reflect current civilization, complete with technology embedded in video games, cell phones, computers and video art products. 

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by DR. NED HALLOWELL Adult and Child Psychiatrist and Author

Childhood ought to be a time in which you find out what you love to do, what you are good at, and where you plug into the world most enthusiastically.

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by Matthew Stuart, Head of School, The Caedmon School

I asked myself if we aren’t creating a generation of children who will spend hours “watching” and maybe use an occasional swipe across a screen, with the result that they will lack the manual dexterity and the eye-to-hand coordination needed to perform even simple functions later on like tying their shoes and buttoning their coats.

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When I first heard of the Parents League I didn’t think I’d need anything they had to offer. And then I began the school research process for my child and I quickly realized that they had done so much of the legwork already, I’d be foolish not to join. Between the guides and the amazingly responsive counselors, I felt very informed and was able to make the best decision for my daughter.  

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by Scott R. Reisinger, Head, Trevor Day School

Each year thousands of parents make one of the most important decisions of their lives: To which school shall I send my child? This question reflects our concerns, worries and anxieties about competition and what we hold dear, speaking to our very core values. Where can my child find both academic success, and the pursuit of happiness? This individual decision making reflects one of the essential debates going on in a larger scale in American schooling: Can a school be a place of both academic rigor and happiness?