The most outstanding aspects of the author's work are its clarity and its courage, together with an astonishing amount of knowledge and insight into the development of character, both in young children from the first day onward, and through a person's entire lifetime. The importance of character and culture for the functioning of our species within an ever larger and more complex web of interrelations is undeniable. Unless haphazard approaches and aggressive and ego-centred role models are discarded in exchange for conscientious selection of methods that take consequences into account, little hope for the future exists.
Thoughtful readers will agree that the book belongs in the hands of every parent, of every teacher, and of everyone concerned with the future of civilization. -- Erika Erdmann, Publisher and Editor, Humankind Advancing
Hutcheon is particularly adept at showing the multiple sides of complex phenomena....[especially the role of] socialization in shaping society. -- The Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2000