Books: What "Freedom" Says About Parenting, Education

image from www.fuelfriendsblog.comThere's not anything explicitly school reform in Jonathan Franzen's latest book, Freedom.  But there are a handful of parent- and education-related points that come up in the book that are I hope worth mentioning: (a) the immense and often underestimated satisfactions of working with children as a teacher rather than as a parent, (b) the intense and generally tragic desire of parents to raise children to be like themselves (to escape their own childhoods), and (c) the ability of even the smartest, most well-intended people to become co-opted by the ideas and goals of wealthy businessmen.  There may be more there, too:  deeper messages for us to contemplate about freedom and responsibility and integrity, but I'll leave those to others. What did you think?  


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