I received a copy of THEIR NAME IS TODAY: RECLAIMING CHILDHOOD IN A HOSTILE WORLD by Johann Cristoph Arnold from Plough. The foreword is by Mark K. Shriver. I read this with a background in childhood education, and much of it rang true with what I learned in college and what I saw working in local public elementary schools.
In a nutshell, the book covers how society views and treats children. He does this by analyzing education and parenting. I liked how he stressed giving children personal attention. My parents doted on me growing up, and while I don’t feel spoiled, I do feel loved. I feel comfortable asking them questions, showing my strengths and weaknesses, and trusting their guidance. I’ve seen other children who are neglected or scolded, and I see them suffering through relationships.
I am definitely passing this on to educator friends.
As a bonus, I realized that Johann Christoph Arnold lives in Upstate New York like me. I may contact him at some point to see if he would like to speak at the Utica Writers Club.