(Editor: Rousseau made two powerful contributions to the idea of Childhood). The first was in his insistence that the child is important in himself, and not merely a means to an end… Rousseau’s second idea was that child’s intellectual and emotional life is important , not because we must to know about it in order to teach and train our children, but because childhood is the stage of life when man most closely approximates the “state of nature”.

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  1. Building a Bridge to the 18th Century