Haim G. Ginott’s quote from “Teacher and Child: A Book for Parents and Teachers” :

Dear Teachers:

I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness. Gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot and burned by high school and college graduates.

So I am suspicious of education. My request is: help your students become more human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, or educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.

Haim G. Ginott


“What do we say to a guest who forgets her umbrella? Do we run after her and say «What is the matter with you? Every time you come to visit you forget something. If it’s not one thing it’s another. Why can’t you be like your sister? When she comes to visit, she knows how to behave. You’re forty-four years old! Will you never learn? I’m not a slave to pick up after you! I bet you’d forget your head if it weren’t attached to your shoulders.» That’s not what we say to a guest. We say «Here’s your umbrella, Alice,» without adding «scatterbrain.»
Parents need to learn to respond to their children as they do to guests.”
― Haim G. Ginott, Between Parent and Child: The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication