I am appreciative of the Free Range Kids blog but I have long suspected that those in the “let kids go out and play in a junk yard camp” are opposed to cognitive development. Here is my Open Letter to Lenore Skenazy
The example you give of how a completely hands off approach to early child development is effective is learning how to speak. “But unleashed from lesson plans, kids are on fire to learn. Need proof? They all learn how to speak! No classes required!” Having recently watched my toddler go through a language explosion, I would argue that not only can stimuli, specifically books, accelerate their language development; it is also very possible for unnecessary speech delays to occur if parents don’t give the proper stimuli to their children.