- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Paul S. Eriksson; 1st Edition edition (October 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 083976488X
- ISBN-13: 978-0839764885
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,124,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Papers from the Headmaster: Reflection of a World Fit for Children 1st Edition Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
In this collection of essays, Hawley, the headmaster of the University School in Cleveland, shares a range of reflections on the "impact on children of some of the defining themes of our age." A culture he deems "toxic" to children is the discernible background for the difficulties, fear and disillusion that beset many of the emerging adults that Hawley shepherds with genuine affection. In four parts that address elements of a troubling contemporary social climate for adolescents (who witness on TV the murder trial of a celebrity accused of killing his wife, read of an admired film star arrested for soliciting sex from a prostitute, and the like), we hear the voice of a classics-bred, humane educator celebrating the hope that lies in children. Advocates of trends like political correctness, multiculturalism and coed schools for all will find little comfort here. Mr. Chips-like qualities, a vision of improved public culture and a love for students that "enables one to minister to the young as both judge and counselor" are well displayed in these reflections on a satisfying career.
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Dr. Richard Hawley's Papers From The Headmaster is a collection of 25 essays in which he examines our contemporary culture in which today's children attempt to think and learn -- all in the hope that we might improve it. Gruesome news items are readily seen and heard by children who remember no other or better culture. Hawley considers the implications of imposing adult sexuality on children in amounts and forms that overwhelm and terrify them. Hawley asks what children actually "learn" from a popular culture in which public and private leaders are exposed as philanderers and frauds, in which athletes and entertainment stars are revealed as addicts and child molesters and murderers? In lucid and often surprising terms, Papers From The Headmaster depicts the malaise affecting our society. Hawley's many assertions, based upon years of guiding boys in choosing wholesome values, pint the way out of that malaise. At the heart of the essays is the conviction that to fail children is the greatest failure imaginable and to look after them lovingly is the best work in the world. Papers From The Headmaster should be read by ever parent, teacher, media mogul and politician in this country. -- Midwest Book Review