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Michael Gerson: Movie questions the benefits of shielding our children

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In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote a slim book for youth about totalitarianism, euthanasia, suicide, sexual awakening and infanticide. "The Giver" created a blooming genre -- the dystopian youth novel -- and considerable controversy. Some parents wanted the book banned from schools, thus unintentionally re-asking the book's central question: How comprehensively should children (and other humans) be protected from risk and pain? Now "The Giver" has been given the full Hollywood treatment: the biggest stars (Jeff ...


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