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Papers from the Headmaster: Reflection of a World Fit for Children

Papers from the Headmaster: Reflection of a World Fit for Children

by Richard A. Hawley

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this collection of essays, Hawley, the headmaster of the University School in Cleveland, shares a range of reflections on the "impact on children of some of the defining themes of our age." A culture he deems "toxic" to children is the discernible background for the difficulties, fear and disillusion that beset many of the emerging adults that Hawley shepherds with genuine affection. In four parts that address elements of a troubling contemporary social climate for adolescents (who witness on TV the murder trial of a celebrity accused of killing his wife, read of an admired film star arrested for soliciting sex from a prostitute, and the like), we hear the voice of a classics-bred, humane educator celebrating the hope that lies in children. Advocates of trends like political correctness, multiculturalism and coed schools for all will find little comfort here. Mr. Chips-like qualities, a vision of improved public culture and a love for students that "enables one to minister to the young as both judge and counselor" are well displayed in these reflections on a satisfying career. (Nov.)
The author, a headmaster at a boys' school, reflects on the consequences of a commercial and public culture that is toxic to children, considering the implications of exposure to a popular culture in which leaders are exposed as frauds, and athletes and entertainment stars are revealed as drug addicts and child molesters. He advocates the telling of healing stories. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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