Nancy Gibbs Essay

Free the children report Essay

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‘Free the Children’ was written by Nancy Gibbs, a professor at Princeton University. The author finished her studies from Yale and Oxford universities. ‘Free the Children’ was first published in July 2003 in Time Magazine. This thought-provoking essay talks about letting the children enjoy their free time in the summer and burden them with extra work. It also talks about the possible consequences of overburdening them and the dangers of letting them free.

In the essay, the writer used her own two daughters as examples. She writes about how she wanted them to experience freedom in the summer and not think about the future.…show more content…

I feel this statement to be very spot-on. Summer was the time of the year when I sat down with a notepad and tried to figure out what I did wrong and the things I could have handled better. I went back to school in September a little bit wiser. I feel that this self-evaluation played a major role in shaping me into the person I am today.

An alarming thought put forward by the writer was that it is okay for children to have a time they will not learn anything that will help them academically. The world is changing and the mindsets of children and their parents need to change with it too. Too much leisure time will be detrimental to the child’s development and may encourage procrastination. I also believe that writer did not put enough emphasis on the degree of freedom she wanted children to have. We live in troubled times and there must be some limitations to the degree of freedom the children are allowed to enjoy. She failed to mention that parents must be wary of their children getting involved in unlawful activities and the consequences of such actions.

Overall, I would like to say that most of the points mentioned by the writer in the essay were valid but I must add that some balance must be found between leisure and education, even if it is the summer. The world is not what it used to be and the people have to adapt likewise in order to live up to the expectations

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Nancy Gibbs

Gibbs at the LBJ Presidential Library, September 20, 2012

BornNancy Reid Gibbs
January 25, 1960 (age 57)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationEssayist, writer, editor

Nancy Reid Gibbs[1] (born January 25, 1960)[1] is an American essayist and former managing editor for Time magazine, a best-selling author and commentator on politics and values in the United States. She is the co-author with Michael Duffy of The New York Times Bestsellers The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House (2007) and The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity (2012).

Life and career[edit]

Gibbs was born in New York, the daughter of Janet (née Stang), who worked at Friends Seminary, and Howard Glenn Gibbs, who was the associate national director for the Boys Clubs of America.[2][3] She graduated from Yale University in 1982, summa cum laude, with honors in history. She studied at New College, Oxford as a Marshall Scholar (M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics).

She joined TIME in 1985 as a part-time fact checker in the International section. She became a writer in 1988 and has written more than 100 cover stories, including the black-bordered special issue[4] on the September 11 attacks, which won a National Magazine Award in 2002. The Chicago Tribune named her one of the ten best magazine writers in the country in 2003; her articles are included in the Princeton Anthology of Writing, Best American Crime Writing 2004, Best American Political Writing 2005 and TIME: 85 years of Great Writing. She has been a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, and a guest essayist on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.[5][6]

In 1993 and 2006, she served as a Ferris Professor of writing at Princeton University. She is a former elder and deacon of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.

In October 2013, she became the first female managing editor of Time magazine.[7]

On September 12, 2017, she announced she was stepping down as editor in chief of Time magazine.[8]

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ ab"Nancy Gibbs". 
  2. ^"WEDDINGS; Nancy Reid Gibbs and Waits May 3d". The New York Times. June 21, 1992. 
  3. ^"Paid Notice: Deaths GIBBS, HOWARD G". The New York Times. April 25, 2002. 
  4. ^TIME - If You Want to Humble An Empire by Nancy Gibbs
  5. ^PBS Online, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - aired on August 3, 2006
  6. ^PBS Online, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer - aired on May 28, 2008
  7. ^Maza, Erik (17 September 2013). "Nancy Gibbs Named Time's Managing Editor". WWD. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  8. ^Ember, Sydney. "Nancy Gibbs, Time Magazine's Top Editor, Is Stepping Down". New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  9. ^Ron Charles (May 15, 2013). "Timothy Egan wins Chautauqua Prize for "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher"". Washington Post. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 

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