Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Family





1818

"In the family circle is to be found everything that is highest and most sacred for the people and for the poor. It is the benign influence of the family circle which alone can help the people and it is this aid which is today most urgently needed. . . . From the moral and religious point of view the tie which binds father, mother and children is at the same time the source of all views and feelings which lead man through faith and love to all that is exalted and eternal, and prepares him in the earthly enjoyment of the love of father and mother for sonship with God, and through the obedience of faith in father and mother, exalts him to the obedience of faith in God."

~Johann Pestalozzi, 
Swiss Educational Reformer

Lewis Flint Anderson, ed., citing "Pestalozzi's address on his 72nd birthday (January 12, 1818)," Pestalozzii (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1974), 142-44.