by W. E. B. DuBois
If a man dies shall he live again? We do not Know. But this we do
know, that our children's children live forever and grow and develop toward
perfection as they are trained. All human problems, then, center in the
Immortal Child and his education is the problem of problems.
In the treatment of the child the world foreshadows its own future and faith.
All words and all thinking lead to the child,--to that vast immortality and
wide sweep of infinite possibility which the child represents.
Remember, too, that ... the ... child-mind has what your tired soul may have
lost faith in,--the Power and the Glory.
Out of little, unspoiled souls rise up wonderful resources and healing
--a power and impulse toward good which is the mightiest thing man has...
a great, moving, guiding ideal!
With this Power there comes, in the transfiguring soul of childhood, the Glory:
the vision of accomplishment, the lofty ideal. Once let the strength of the
motive work, and it becomes the life task of the parent to guide and to shape
the ideal; to raise it from resentment and revenge to dignity and self-respect,
to breadth and accomplishment, to human service; to beat back every thought of
cringing and surrender.
Here, at last, we can speak with no hesitation, with no lack of faith. For we
know that as the world grows better there will be realized in our children's
lives that for which we fight unfalteringly, but vainly now.
Excerpted from the chapter "The Immortal Child" in his book,