August 21, 2009

it takes a village to raise a child

Posted in proverb at 9:47 am by Feng

it takes a village to raise a child –  It takes many people to teach a child all that he or she should know [UseEnglish]

Many Americans learned this phrase from Hillary Clinton who chose it in the title of her book. This phrase is alleged to come from an African proverb. It highlights the importance of the  social environement for a child’s growth and development. Interestingly, some people wrote an article to dispute this old wisdom by claiming that parents play more important roles in fostering a child. But I think he is only nit-picking and the arugment misses the point.

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