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Children and Families

REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins -A girl plays with balloons on the last day of classes at Cacique Tiuna Commune's preschool in Caracas July 9, 2010. Tucked into forested hills in southwest Caracas, a red-brick housing complex for the poor is a testing ground for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's latest step to build socialism in the Latin American oil producer. The phalanx of simple five-storey apartment blocks, some still being built, anchors the "Cacique Tiuna Commune". This is one of a network of "socialist communes" that Chavez and his supporters want to extend across the nation in their political and legislative offensive to dismantle "bourgeois" capitalism. Picture taken July 9.

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Living in contradiction: Helicopter parenting and what it means for educators today

November 25, 2015, Gil Troy

Gil Troy argues that in today’s relaxed era, middle-class and upper-middle-class parents’ obsession with befriending their kids and cultivating self-esteem undermines parental and educational authority. Troy says educators should set the highest academic and behavioral standards they can for students, understanding that they have a dual mission: to help orient parents as well as students in our confusing world.

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