Seldom have I ever seen a child taken for a child
“But seldom have I ever seen a child taken for a child, very seldom. It doesn’t occur to people that the child is a live, living, thinking organism possessed initially of enormous self-determinism. It is the first goal of the normal adult in this society to break, utterly and forever, if possible, the self-determinism of the child.
“I’ve become convinced of this by listening to the cant that goes on around, ‘Oh now, elders know best. You must do this. Now, just mind.’ Now, I will admit that a child is noisy, and that a child breaks things, or a child, because of lack of data and coordination, may be a bit trying on those who have a blocked second dynamic. But I have found this to be the case: that any child who was engaged in breaking things, in being bad, was in a high state of revolt.”
L. Ron Hubbard
15 July 1950