There is this idea entrenched in mainstream society that kids are malicious, ill-willed, conniving little beings who must be coerced, manipulated, and shaped into decent people by the time they reach adulthood.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Kids are good and whole from the moment they enter this world. When
they are trusted, loved, and respected they continue to flourish as the
good, complete people they are.
Ironically, it is the coercion
and manipulation placed on them in an attempt to "make them good" which
teaches them to be coercive and manipulative.