Sons and Daughters

Sons and Daughters

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...The child, on the contrary, is an organism quite as capable of becoming a self-directing and purposeful personality as is the parent or policeman who undertakes to "discipline" him. And this he becomes not through restraint and suppression, but through guidance and spontaneity. The child must have an abundance of spontaneous action, because only thus can he try out his various possibilities in relation to things and people. Only thus can he get the opportunity to select and evaluate the activities that are worth while, to reject what is not worth while, what is injurious, what leads to pain and sorrow. And it is through such selection and rejection that he comes at last to be the master of his thoughts and conduct. It is true, on the other hand, that the child needs guidance, for if left quite to himself, his random and spontaneous actions would soon lead to his undoing. But guidance must be something more than the mother's habit of saying " Don't do that!" The dependence of the child upon the mother should be for leadership and counsel, and not for constant admonition of the terrors of the law. The removal of the usual head of a group should not result in an outbreak of suppressed feelings. On the contrary, there should be an increased sense of responsibilty, a keen desire on the part of each to do his part fittingly under the novel conditions. The difference between the two points of view is very much like that between an absolute monarchy in the hands of a tyrant, and a well-governed democracy. In the former, the slightest relaxation of vigilance on the part of the repressive forces gives occasion for a violent outbreak. In the latter, the populace does not look upon the government as an enemy to be resisted or an authority...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236516141
  • 9781236516145