Quotation by Sandra Scarr

Each era invents its own child. Over the past 500 years, conceptions of the child changed gradually from an ill-formed adult who must be subjugated to society's goals to a precious being who must be protected from unreasonable social demands. Childhood has come to be seen as a special period of life, rather than as a temporary state of no lasting importance for adulthood.
Sandra Scarr (20th century), developmental psychologist. Originally cited in, The Child, W. Kessen (1965). Mother Care/Other Care, part 2, ch. 3 (1984).
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