"I doubt there has ever been a human culture, anywhere, anytime, that underestimates children’s abilities more than we North Americans do today."
Uuuuuuuuugh. I sure hope this trend reverses itself by the time my kids are school age. The idea that I could be arrested for letting an elementary schooler bike to our neighborhood park is revolting. I was biking around my entire neighborhood from the 4th grade on.