Saturday, June 20, 2009

What the best and wisest parent wants...

"What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon it destroys our democracy." -John Dewey, quoted from Deborah Meier's website on school reform.


  1. Anonymous11:22 AM

    What does this quote mean?

  2. What does this quote mean?

  3. If we learn to look at the big picture, we're all interconnected and to ignore the needs of any child in our communities puts our own children at risk. Of danger, of failure, of despair. The quote means exactly what it says. To fail in the education of our children puts all children at risk. It also puts our democracy at risk. Would we prefer to wall off our children? They'll not be walled off. Shall we protect them from engagement with each other? Not likely. And so a wise parent in wise communities will work for the success of all children not just their own.