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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