February 3, 1988

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A cynical conjunction of technology, mass media, and mass merchandising promises to intensify the negative effects on children of recent trends in the television and toy industries.
In Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk, David Elkind, professor of child study at Tufts University and senior resident scholar at the Lincoln-Filene Center, warns against the dangers of "appropriating" for infants and young children "educational programs intended for school-aged children."

Adopting the child-development model of the psychologist Erik Erikson, he explores the consequences such miseducation may have in the child's resolution of what Erikson described as "crises" in the formation of personality: Feelings of mistrust, shame, and doubt may come to outweigh those of trust and autonomy; guilt and alienation may overshadow initiative and belonging; and inferiority and helplessness may eclipse industry and competence.

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