Thinking about this recently got me to thinking about how we raise our children these days. We don’t keep them in cages but we might as well. They are, for the most part, scheduled to a fare the well. Up in the morning five days a week, clean up, eat, and rush to the bus stop to get to school. School is scheduled from start to finish, with even play breaks timed and monitored. Then, after school there are the ‘activities.’ Sports, music lessons, other extra-curricular activities designed to burnish their records to make them more competitive for college admission, or with some parents, just to keep them out of the house for a while.