Pure is the pristine uniqueness of a new-born. Fledgling still, and packed with innate potentials. That pure uniqueness is a combination of general species-specific characteristics and distinctive individual-specific qualities, a result of heritability and thus different for each child. Sometimes the uniqueness is directly visible or noticeable; sometimes we need to gradually discover it. With their responses to it, caregivers provide children more or less chances to let this uniqueness to flourish.
The main pedagogical question here is: do we want to strengthen the pure uniqueness or break it down?
At Dikkedeur we do not simply postulate ‘each child is unique’ and let the reader find out for himself what this is supposed to mean. Still, you can read this postulate on almost every website, without explanation, as if it speaks for itself. Scientifically however, the exclamation is not accurate. Each child shares with all other children the same biological origin, with the same basic characteristics. The pure uniqueness adds to that. Therefore, the trick is to see the pure uniqueness in the whole of shared characteristics, respect it and respond to it.