Chapter 33 – Nostalgia

Chapter 33 – Nostalgia

NOSTALGIA We all know the feeling, it is universal, it is the same regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, date of birth, economic status. It is a beautiful feeling, a quiet one, real tears can come to the eyes as we remember. What do we remember in this way? It...
Chapter 32 – Ascending Education

Chapter 32 – Ascending Education

ASCENDING EDUCATION It is the nature of education to be “descending”. The older generation wishes to impart their knowledge to the young so that it will not be lost. They wish to use the young people to perpetuate the knowledge and wisdom of the people....
Chapter 31 – Schools

Chapter 31 – Schools

SCHOOLS We have had schools for many centuries. Until recently they have been institutions for training scholars and leaders of society. It was not deemed necessary for a farmer to have such an education, nor a woman, for them it was a waste of time. They were needed...
Chapter 30 – The Rights of Children

Chapter 30 – The Rights of Children

THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN Adults have lots of rights and we encourage each other to insist upon them. We admire those who are willing to suffer in order that they may endure. Do we want children to do this? Today we see freedom of speech as paramount. Do we allow it to...
Chapter 29 – Freedom

Chapter 29 – Freedom

FREEDOM Parents struggle with this idea constantly. How much freedom should we allow? In the case of a newborn baby there is not much to worry about, though in the early 1900’s the scientists had decided that babies should be fed every four hours on the dot....
Chapter 28 – Imagination

Chapter 28 – Imagination

IMAGINATION Queequeg was a native of Kokovoko, an island far away to the west and south. It is not on any map, true places never are. -Herman Melville Children seem to be afire with this wonderful faculty. Where would any of us be without it? Everything invented by...