Saturday, September 23, 2006

Recurrent headaches

Finally had a chance to catch up with a Guardian piece on the history of worry about childhood. This comes from a century ago:
Maud Pember Reeves, a Fabian, articulated the new ways of thinking. Parents and the state, she thought, should be co-guardians of a child: "Why should not the nation place all the information, all the security, all the help at its command at the service of its co-guardians, the fathers and mothers? Why should it not act frankly with them in the national interest, and help them to see that the needs of the child are supplied?"
Well worth a read.

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