Is magnificent, significant seven the best age for boys?


Is magnificent, significant seven the best age for boys?

As Britain’s Prince George celebrates his birthday, we discover why seven is a landmark year for boys

Rosa Silverman

“Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man,” said Aristotle.

Since ancient times, there has been something special about this age. Once children are seven, they are considered by the Catholic Church to have reached the “age of reason”. Until 1933, seven was also the age of criminal responsibility in the UK.

In 1964, filmmaker Michael Apted decided to test Aristotle’s premise: interviewing a group of seven-year-old British children from a range of backgrounds about a range of subjects for a documentary, Seven Up! (and revisiting them every seven years after that)...

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