Thursday, April 9, 2009

Comenius: Non-Parental Discipline

Comenius, a well-known and respected Reformed pedagogue in the 1600s, had this to say about other people disciplining children:

"It is also useful to grant even to others the power of rebuking children, so that not only under the eye of their parents, but wherever they are, they may be accustomed to have due regard to themselves, and by this means to cause modesty and due respect for all men to take root in their hearts. Assuredly they act altogether without circumspection, nay, with extreme imprudence, who allow no one even to look upon their children with an unfavourable eye; but if any one say anything or counsel them, become the advocates of their own children, even in their very presence."
(The School of Infancy, 53)


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