Quotation by David Elkind

Today's pressures on middle-class children to grow up fast begin in early childhood. Chief among them is the pressure for early intellectual attainment, deriving from a changed perception of precocity. Several decades ago precocity was looked upon with great suspicion. The child prodigy, it was thought, turned out to be a neurotic adult; thus the phrase "early ripe, early rot!"
David Elkind (20th century), U.S. psychologist, child development specialist, author. The Hurried Child, ch. 1 (1988).
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