Not blank slates! Not formless blobs! Not empty vessels! Even newborn babies use language - actual language!
"Children are born persons." That's what Charlotte Mason was trying to communicate more than a hundred years ago. These are people, she said. These small humans are not formless, gormless, helpless blobs just waiting for us to do something with them.
Well, all these years later, here is more proof. I practically jump up and down and shout to anyone who'll listen when I find things like the newest research coming from people like Alison Gopnik, and then here, this morning, I have heard a report that newborn babies actually cry in the language intonations of their parents' speech! Newborn babies do that. That's a person lying there - not a blob.