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HIST 3320: The History of Childhood


Discussion Questions

  • Is Stearns’ description of the state of modern children in affluent and developing societies convincing to you? What are the strengths and weaknesses of his analysis? 
  • How would you remedy Stearns’ shortcomings in your method analysis? 
  • What is eugenics? How has eugenics been connected to national and social identity of children and women? Draw examples from post-revolutionary Mexico and colonial India.

Work to do

Discussion Board (DB) #8 (250-300 words) due on Blackboardblackboard logo, takes you to blackboard page..

  • Develop a critique of Stearns’ Chapters 9 and 10. A critique involves discussion of both strength and weakness. Do you agree with his views and the evidence he presents for the chapters? Draw on the readings and discussions of the class and offer some suggestions to strengthen Stearns’ analysis.