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16 Aug 2014

As children, we are often exhorted to never run with scissors. The implication of this is that if we trip and fall while running, we could cut our face or other places on our body when we hit the floor. Does that make a child completely safe, though?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes “dangerous playgrounds” for children, and discusses whether or not danger can add to the child’s growth and development. The argument in favor of this is that children will learn if they are exposed to danger to be more careful. However, if they never encounter fire or falling or serious bodily injuries, they do not necessarily know what is dangerous and what is not. They also do not know where their limits are...