More free time for kids, middle class squeezed

The Christian Science Monitor from Sept. 8:

* Quick! Is Johnny signed up for daydreaming?. “(A) grass-roots revolt is brewing. Some educators and coaches are speaking out against overscheduling, even as more families sending their kids back to school this fall are finding the courage to turn down teams and tournaments, to limit activities to a few favorites so that they can rediscover time to be a family.”

* Salary squeeze threatens middle America: By some measures, fewer people are managing to stay in the middle class. “(R)ecent Census data confirm that the median household income – a level where half of US households earn more and half less – has fallen by $1,500 between 2000 and 2003.”

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