Saturday, May 17, 2008

Jonathan Cott's "Pipers at the Gates of Dawn"

Love this quote from Iona and Peter Opie that Jonathan Cott has included in "Pipers at the Gates of Dawn"

"...It seems to us that something is lacking in our understanding of the child community, that we have forgotten Cowper's dictum that 'Great schools suit best the sturdy and the rough,' and that in our continual search for efficient units of educational administration we have overlooked that the most precious gift we can give the young is social space: the necessary space--or privacy--in which to become human beings."