How to Handle Children

From James Thurber’s letter to a child who wrote him for assistance with a school project.

One of the things that discourage us writers is the fact that 90 per cent of you children write wholly, or partly, illiterate letters, carelessly typed. You yourself write “clarr” for “class” and that’s a honey, Robert, since is next to a, and r is on the line above.

You’d think teachers would know that children are not to be heard.