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Touchstone Center for Children 

February Newsletter


In these unsettling days, when even the politics of learning have become fraught with confusion and hostility, I am reminded of the children I’ve had the pleasure of teaching and working with–children who often, despite the strictures and rules placed upon them, continue to express the deepest and most profound qualities of their childhood.

I am reminded of the children, who, through the spontaneous gesture of a smile, or the quiet expression of a thought, or the restless asking of a question are able to move from the factual to the improvised, the defined to the unknown, the ordinary to the marvelous.
I am still in awe of those children who often change the rules of learning by asking to play longer, to daydream inwardly, to imagine on their own and who, reaching restlessly towards meanings, never stop searching the wisdom of their curiosity.
And yes, despite the fractious arguments of adults, I continue to be encouraged and inspired by these children, by the very nature of childhood itself to demonstrate a child’s instinctive capacity to learn–to discover and fashion each of their lives, with the hopefulness and courage each child begins his or her journey–as part of the community that is our earth and its inhabitants.



Richard Lewis
Touchstone Center for Children

Photographs and artwork from the Touchstone Center Archives.
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