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Learning from experience at Tihoi Venture School, New Zealand. Photo: St Paul's Collegiate School

How to deswaddle cotton wool kids, for good

We've all heard of 'cotton wool kids' and 'helicopter parents'. Instead of merely complaining about these modern phenomena, David Gregory is addressing them. An outdoor educator, he thinks that students should 'learn by doing', particularly outdoors, as this teaches them to tackle and overcome challenges. Failing, too, is alright, Gregory says, as this propels personal growth.

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