The Map of our failing culure

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The Map of our failing culure

Yes­ter­day I talked about a wed­ding I attended Sat­ur­day night and the British expats I spoke to next door, there was a 2nd con­ver­sa­tion that took place that evening that was worth repeating.

AT our table was a cou­ple that included a woman who had just retired after 38 years of teach­ing mid­dle school. I had wanted to be a teacher in my youth until the com­bi­na­tion of Prop 2 12 pass­ing and the 1st com­put­ers arriv­ing at my high school took me in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion and I often won­dered what might have hap­pened if I had taught his­tory, so I asked her what has been the biggest change from the time she started til the end.

She answered with­out hes­i­ta­tion that while the stu­dents were pretty much the same the par­ents were vastly dif­fer­ent. When she started if a kid was doing wrong or goof­ing off as kids are won’t to do the par­ents would come down on the kids and back up the teacher, today how­ever par­ents want­ing to be the friends of their chil­dren tend to come down on the teach­ers and back up their kids no mat­ter what.

This was no sur­prise to me as I’ve heard that story over and over again.

Unfor­tu­nately that leads to kids who never know con­se­quences, never know dis­ci­pline and feel enti­tled. That’s why they grow up so afraid of chalk.

That’s pretty bad for a soci­ety, but you know what’s even worse, a soci­ety that does this:

A woman spanked her chil­dren after she says she caught them steal­ing and her sub­se­quent arrest has touched off a firestorm about spank­ing, dis­ci­pline, parental rights and abuse.

The ques­tion is — how much is too much?

The sin­gle mother of six appar­ently found out that three of her kids (boys ages 1013) broke into a neighbor’s house and stole prop­erty. After spank­ing the kids with a belt, she was taken to jail and her other chil­dren removed from her home.

Noth­ing teaches a child respect for the law and dis­ci­pline like jail­ing their par­ents for spank­ing them over com­mit­ting a B & E.


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Yesterday I talked about a wedding I attended Saturday night and the British expats I spoke to next door, there was a 2nd conversation that took place that evening that was worth repeating.

AT our table was a couple that included a woman who had just retired after 38 years of teaching middle school.  I had wanted to be a teacher in my youth until the combination of Prop 2 1/2 passing and the 1st computers arriving at my high school took me in a different direction and I often wondered what might have happened if I had taught history, so I asked her what has been the biggest change from the time she started til the end.

She answered without hesitation that while the students were pretty much the same the parents were vastly different.  When she started if  a kid was doing wrong or goofing off as kids are won’t to do the parents would come down on the kids and back up the teacher, today however parents wanting to be the friends of their children tend to come down on the teachers and back up their kids no matter what.

This was no surprise to me as I’ve heard that story over and over again.

Unfortunately that leads to kids who never know consequences, never know discipline and feel entitled.  That’s why they grow up so afraid of chalk.

That’s pretty bad for a society, but you know what’s even worse, a society that does this:

A woman spanked her children after she says she caught them stealing and her subsequent arrest has touched off a firestorm about spanking, discipline, parental rights and abuse.

The question is — how much is too much?

The single mother of six apparently found out that three of  her kids (boys ages 10-13) broke into a neighbor’s house and stole property. After spanking the kids with a belt, she was taken to jail and her other children removed from her home.

Nothing teaches a child respect for the law and discipline like jailing their parents for spanking them over committing a B & E.


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