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Take risks and climb trees, head urges children
Children should be encouraged to take risks and make their own mistakes while they are still young enough to learn from them, a heads’ leader says.
They should have time to play poker, drive go-karts and climb trees, says Christian Heinrich, chairman of the Boarding Schools’ Association.
He also warns against hurrying children “into the rest of their lives”.
He will tell his association’s annual conference to remember there is more to school than classrooms and exams.
Children should be given time to develop life skills and enjoy their childhood as well as study, he will tell boarding school heads meeting in Brighton.
He will say: “Childhood may only be a 16th or 17th Century invention in terms of European literature; it may be peopled by the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny and Cabbage Patch dolls, as well as by childish…
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