An excerpt from a debate between Bertrand Russell and G.K. Chesterton on the bringing up of children. The following is Chesterton’s response to Russell’s suggestion that children might be better raised by nursery schools than by their parents:
‘You are going to payout money to a lot of officials in order that they may do something which nature will make a few people, parents, do already! You are exactly like a lunatic who should walk in the garden in the pouring rain and hold up an umbrella while he watered a plant.’
This was off the top of his head, since it was a live debate and not a written one.