What I believe arise from no superimposed credo but rather from the experience I have had in almost half a century of teaching and years more of living. My beliefs stem from my intimate contact with adolescents and young adults. Having no children of my own I have, since I was ten years old, been deeply involved in the interests and problems of nieces then grands and now today great-grandnieces and nephews. Practically every problem in life seems to me to be represented, perhaps in miniature scale, in the growth of a child into maturity. Perhaps this will explain why, in framing a statement of my philosophy, I find it natural to talk about my beliefs in terms of the lessons I have learned from young people.