Education: Russell on Parents

Should doting but fixation-fearing parents kiss their babies by a stop watch? Should a father merely shake hands with his moppet before retiring? Is it bad for a child to like his nurse? In the current Parents' Magazine, Bertrand Russell, famed British philosopher, takes it upon himself to refute some new-fangled ideas about parenthood, to disseminate a few commonsense tenets of his own. Excerpts from his treatise, entitled: "Are Parents Bad for Children?":

"So far from imagining themselves equipped by instinct to deal with their children, they [modern parents] read great books about...