“Children should remain silent, and they are ‘good’ when they’re quiet, but ‘bad’ when they are not,…”

I’m rubbish at working out reblogging if it’s not on WordPress. But this needs saying:

http://meloukhia.net/2012/10/children_talk_but_no_one_listens.html

and here is an excerpt:

The sentiment ‘better seen than heard’ reflects a larger social attitude of the value of children’s voices, namely that they have none. Children should remain silent, and they are ‘good’ when they’re quiet, but ‘bad’ when they are not, because they are disturbing the adults and causing trouble. This attitude runs through the way people interact with children on every level, and yet, they seem surprised when it turns out that children have been struggling with serious medical problems, or they’ve been assaulted or abused.

 

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