Quotation by James L. Hymes, Jr.

We need to nurture uniqueness and independence.... Ours must be schools for ego- strength—the child's ego, not the teacher's. "You can do it!" has to be the teacher's consistent, over-and-over steady slogan: "You can hang up your own coat...." "You can pour your own juice...." "You can climb to the top...." "You can figure it out." We have no stake in schools where children learn to color within the lines. No stake in pushing for unnecessary conformity, no stake in children submerging themselves in the group, no stake in everlasting lessons in obediently following the directions.
James L. Hymes, Jr. (20th century), U.S. child development specialist, author. Teaching the Child Under Six, ch. 3 (1968).
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