It seems to me that a school is the palace of childhood wherein the rights of children are foremost. It would seem to me that high among these rights are the rights to happiness and security. It is my hope that in the rooms and on the playgrounds … the quick laughter of a child will be always its most prized possession.
Paul was passionate about teaching and education, and frequently opined on these topics.
What makes great schools? This is just about the only question I am aware of that permits an easy answer. That answer is great teachers. (1947 article in Wisconsin State Journal)
I hold that few functions of the state are as vital to the survival and continued growth of that collection of ideas and ideals which we call the “American Way” as are our public schools. A crisis in education, then, strikes at fundamentals and can reach across the years with appalling fury.
[T]he confusion and despair of our times calls for generations of Americans of both rugged character and rugged intellect. And I give it to you that you cannot have these Americans unless the schools produce them for you. If this is true, then we must have better schools. (Guest Editorial – Wisconsin State Journal – February 23, 1947)
What should be the role of your new school in this community? As I see it, it should be a true community school in that higher sense, in that every community should be better because there is a school. It should assist in fulfilling the hopes, which you parents have for your children.
As I read these hopes, it seems to me that you would like your children to be competent in the skills of learning, emotionally adjusted to their fellows, aware and proud of their heritage, jealous of their self esteem, and with healthy bodies and habits to meet the world. This is no small order for a school and community but less is not enough.