Glad you are here! On this blog, inspired by Polish pediatrician, writer, educator, orphanage director Janusz Korczak (1879-1942), you will find short essays, thoughts, reviews, and links to important articles and events in the media that pertain to the dignity and the rights of the child. This is a place for interested people to exchange ideas, thoughts, and inspiration – anything pertaining to the belief that by doing what is in the best interests of the child (to use a phrase coined by Dr. Korczak himself) will make for a better world for everyone.
Janusz Korczak observed that children live in a world made for adults, and much of adult society is alien, if not downright intimidating to them. Their voices go unheard. All too often, adults make decisions that affect children, without taking their needs and, all too often, basic rights into consideration. Fortunately, there are exceptions, people who – in the spirit of Janusz Korczak – have dedicated their lives to making the society a happier place in which children can grow and flourish.
My next essay, “How I Met My Hero, Dr. Janusz Korczak,” will offer further insight into how this gentle, remarkable man has become my guiding force.