The Wall Street Journal
By Meghan Cox Gurdon
When Quinn Cummings's daughter, Alice, hit the fifth grade, it became impossible to ignore the fact that she was no longer trying hard in school. Though a gifted reader, the child was slipping dreadfully in math; worse, her mother could see the girl's enthusiasm leachiing away.
Ms. Cummings wanted more for her daugther than dull-eyed progress through years of parboiled California school curriculums. "I was concerned that her homework load would increase with each passing year, leaving her less free time to follow a sudden curiosity, delve deeper into a random subject, absorb herself with a pointeless activity or created something for not better reason than the muse struck her," she explains. "I was greedy."
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Mrs. Gurdon writes about children's books for The Wall Street Journal.