A Sanctuary for Childhood in a Culture of Indifference

Herbert Anderson, Susan B.W. Johnson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1995

Issue: Children (Vol. 15, No 1, Winter, 1995)

When we stop to admire a child, we may not necessarily regard that child as fully human. And if we do not, we are more likely to treat children with indifference or even contempt in our families and in our societies. It is a subtle dilemma. We believe that beneath the public debate about family values and single mothers or the alarm about the plight of our families and the inability to establish a family-friendly society lies a deeper and more troubling reality: we have fostered a culture of indifference toward our children.

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