Finding the cloth diaper expert in the mirror


Finding the cloth diaper expert in the mirror

While studying to become a teacher years ago, I read this sentence:
"By my own example I hoped to become a living refutation to the cult of anointed expertise which has poisoned every aspect of our liberties." - John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing us down: the hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling
It made a huge impact on me and figured prominently in my middle school classroom (both figuratively and literally - I printed it and hung it on my desk.) I am reminded again of this sentence each time I talk with another volunteer in training to become a Real Diaper Circle Leader.  They often worry that they're not "experts" in cloth diapering.  Which gives me the opportunity to reassure them that they ARE the experts - - they are cloth diapering parents themselves.  For many generations, there were no diapering experts - - there were simply mothers who taught their daughters who taught their daughters and so on.  We passed the knowledge from parent to parent and that is what Real Diaper Circles do.  Circles connect cloth diapering parents with one another to share knowledge. Want to learn about cloth diapers?  Find someone who uses or used them on their children.  Let them be your guide. Want to spread the word about cloth diapers?  Help someone near you learn about cloth diapers. Heather McNamara Executive Director, Real Diaper Association

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