The American child is a highly intelligent human being characteristically sensitive, humorous, open-minded, eager to learn, and has a strong sense of excitement, energy, and healthy curiosity about the world in which he lives.
Lucky indeed is the grown-up who manages to carry these same characteristics into adult life.
It usually makes for a happy and successful individual.
It’s a mistake not to give people a chance to learn to depend on themselves while they are young. I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things. Lecturing to children is no answer to delinquency.. Preaching won’t keep youngsters out of trouble, but keeping their minds occupied will. To me, today, at age sixty-one, all prayer, by the humble or highly placed, has one thing in common: supplication for strength and inspiration to carry on the best human impulses which should bind us together for a better world.