During my first pregnancy, I read dozens of parenting books, watched “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” at least twice and burned through five seasons of the BBC television series “Call the Midwife.” Had I been introduced to the writing of Janusz Korczak earlier, I may have saved myself countless hours. He recognized that parents have inherent knowledge concerning child rearing and need to trust their natural abilities.
Henryk Goldszmit was born to a Jewish family in Warsaw in July 1878. He is better known by his pen name Janusz Korczak. Korczak dreamed of a world where there were neither poor nor hungry children. He was passionate about helping children in need. He studied medicine and worked at a hospital for Jewish children. When he wasn’t practicing medicine, he was writing about education and orphanages. He accepted an invitation to be the director of an orphanage for Jewish children that opened in 1912. [Read more…]