WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Perhaps the perfect metaphor for how kids are being raised today is the car seat. They are protected, they're driven, and they are aimed in one direction. WWM: What else do you cover in your book? DM: I delve into the formation of an independent identity and intel- lectual self-determination – autonomy. At what point do you really start thinking for yourself and not merely responding to what your parents or your teachers or culture tell you? When is one's own think- ing one's own thinking? I explore classroom learning and the importance of engaging, try- ing hard and sincerely, and accepting failure. Recognizing that failure isn't really failure – it's just exploring things that don't necessarily work — is essential to learning. The problem is that kids are so phobic now about getting anything lower than a B that they are playing the 68 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 an interview with david mccullough, jr. I have a chapter on sports and how mercenary they have become. Another on race, money and materi- alism, the importance of community – of being one of many, and I end with a chapter about mortality. 060-069_WWMb14_f2f_McCullough_v4_WWM_interview 4/28/14 10:25 AM Page 68

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