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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the welfare of our children is intimately linked to the welfare of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. If one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will be responsible for the violent act. The good life for our own children can be secured only if a good life is also secured for all other people's children."
Lilian Katz, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois, and former president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In addition, Katz formerly directed the ERIC Clearinghouse for Early Childhood Education and published several works including Talks with Teachers of Young Children, and Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach. For thirteen years Katz wrote a regular column for Parents Magazine and is now chair of the editorial board of the International Journal of the Early Years published in the United Kingdom.