Monday, June 27, 2011
Who said it takes a village to raise a child?
(Fingernails screeching on a chalkboard)
The phrase is attributed to an old African proverb.
Its exact origin seems to be lost in time. In 1994 children's author Jane Cowen-Fletcher released a book, published by Scholastic Press, titled It Takes A Village in which a young African girl searches for her younger brother, only to find the rest of the village has been watching over him as well.
In January 1996 publisher Simon & Schuster released Hillary Rodham-Clinton's It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us in which then First Lady Hillary espoused more the expansion of government than any true wisdom or insight into the nurturing of children. Reviews are mixed on the impact this book has made on society as a whole.
I personally believe it helps implement The Communist Manifesto.