Laura Ingalls Wilder is listening to Mrs. Findley explain the need to educate her children at home:
"I believe it would be much better for everyone if children were given their start in education at home. No one understands a child as well as his mother, and children are so different that they need individual training and study. A teacher with a roomful of pupils cannot do this. At home, too, they are in their mother's care. She can keep them from learning immoral things from other children. At home the expense is much less. For in school there are a great many expense that are difficult for poor people to meet.
"We are doing something worthwhile, for in raising the standard of our children's lives we are raising the standard of four (number of children Mrs. Findley had) homes of the future, and our work goes on and on, raising the standard of the community and of future generations."
Funny how some things never change.