An agonizing question across the centuries has been how to instill in the next generation those faith and cultural values that would sustain Mennonite identity into the future. In this issue the focus of our feature articles is the question of childhood and education. We begin with Ivan Carroll Janer, Colombian-born graduate student who explores the nature of childhood in Salamanca, a conservative colony in the Yucatan followed by Kennert Giesbrecht’s reflections on children based on his wide travels among all kinds of colonies in South America. Bruce Wiebe takes us into the past to shed light on a little written about story of orphans and other children who were cared for in families other than those of their birth parents. We then have a number of articles that explore the continuity and changes in education in Mexico and Ontario.