Thanks to Adesa who sent this quote to the VaEclecticHS list:
"When we adults think of children there is a simple truth that we ignore: childhood is not preparation for life; childhood is life. A child isn't getting ready to live; a child is living. No child will miss the zest and joy of living unless these are denied by adults who have convinced themselves that childhood is a period of preparation. How much heartache we would save ourselves if we would recognize children as partners with adults in the process of living, rather than always viewing them as apprentices. How much we could teach each other; we have the experience and they have the freshness. How full both our lives could be." ~ John A. Taylor from Notes on an Unhurried Journey
I found the book reference at the Natural Child Project's quotes of the month page for 2006.
I like this one too:
"What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child." ~George Bernard Shaw