Domestic Violence and the Education of the Nigeria Pre – School Child
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 9 No. 2 (2008): Vol-9-Issue-2-February-2008
Literature tells us about three different views of children each relating to different era of civilization. The
first is during the Greco – Roman times. During this period children were taken to be miniature adult
and this depicted in the acts and paintings of that period. Children were not accorded any special
status. As miniature adults, they were allowed to work on the fields and farms with little or no
attachments to parents.
The second is the medieval period. With the decline of the Greco-Roman civilization, Christianity came
to the fore. Under the religious tenets, man was born evil and so children were regarded as sinful,
immoral and therefore their sinful nature needed to be exorcised through religious teachings and
practices. As sinners, children were seen to be bad creatures and were subjected to various kind of
punishment aimed at purging off their sinful nature.