CHILDREN WILL BE CHILDREN?
By Lynn Stuter
May 17, 2003
On May 7, 2003, a powderpuff game between senior girls and junior girls in a Chicago school turned vicious. The game, long known as a "rite of passage" for junior girls entering their senior year culminated with broken bones and the smearing of human feces on and dumping of paint on the junior girls.
This rite of passage had been a yearly event for some 20 odd years. Parents knew about it; school officials knew about it. Neither did anything to stop it. Now we learn that police are looking into the probability that at least some of the parents supplied alcohol to the girls, some of whom were intoxicated.
Why? Why did parents allow their kids to get involved in this when this type of thing was obviously going on? Are parents so brainwashed, so set on being socially accepted, that their children mean so little to them? Are parents so intimidated that they have little to no control over their children?
And why, when school officials knew this was going on, did they do nothing?
And face it, shouldn't these girls have known better? After all, these girls were 17-18 years old. At this point, they want everyone to think they are quite grown up, mature, ready to shed their parents and fly the coop so to speak.
But these girls were just having fun � all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, doesn't it � so what's the problem? If this is what the rising generations look on as "fun," such should serve as a wake-up call to the older generations.
On May 8, 2003, an 18 year old boy, parroting what he had seen on the movie screen, jumped from a five story building into a swimming pool. Only he missed the water and hit the edge of the pool, breaking arms, legs, and pelvic bones as well as damaging tissue.
What could he have possibly been thinking to do such a foolish thing? Did he really think that a stunt shown on a movie screen at a theater was real? How is that possible? What had this boy been taught? Where were this boy's parents? Why didn't they know where he was or what he was up to?
Almost daily now we hear similar stories, many even worse with kids killing kids and other people with guns, knives or anything else they can use as a weapon to destroy. People shake their heads and ask why.
Remember, we have a shifting paradigm. What was down is now up and what was up is now down.
How many times have parents heard, over the last 30 years,
� don't spank your children, don't
discipline your children, children will understand what they did wrong
if you just talk to them;
What the "experts" touting this line have carefully left out of the conversation, however, is that all of this is based on a world view, the world view of Humanism. And, like everything else about this religion, it is unnatural. Dr Benjamin Spock was one of those who provided the fuel to push this train along the tracks. Before he died, he admitted that what he taught and wrote wasn't sound.
Children need discipline. Children need structure. Children need authority. Parents should not be a child's friend, a parent is there to raise the child in an atmosphere conducive to providing structure in the child's life. Children need to know what is and what is not socially acceptable. Children need to know right from wrong so they don't smear people with human feces, jump off a five story building with the expectation of not getting hurt, or kill people. Child need to know their limits. All of this should come from their parents and be modeled by every adult that comes into contact with that child.
But that isn't happening. Parents have largely abrogated their responsibility as parents rather than fight laws put in place to thwart their ability to raise their child in accordance with their own religious beliefs. Government schools, based on the religion of Humanism, are not about to do anything to change this situation for the better as the situation plays right into their mission: children as members of the new family � the school; parents as part of the extended family of the school � the silent partner. In the words of Joseph C Fields, in his book, Total Quality for Schools: "This changes the role of parent to be one of a 'vendor' of precious, incomparable resources to teachers."
All of this falls right in line with government schools being used to produce workers for the managed or "total quality" economy under the new paradigm. Again, in the words of Joseph C Fields: "Educational management must prepare itself and others for a new world."
People ask, "What can we do about all this?" World view is the key. Most people never stop to define their world view. But everyone has one, whether Christian, Humanism, Islam, New Age ...
A newspaper article, in July 1996, stated that "92 percent of the respondents [to a poll] believe in God, while only 6 percent do not."
For the sake of argument, say the poll represented a "cross-section" of the United States, such would mean that roughly 92 percent of all Americans believe in God. That being the case, why are so many people actively or tacitly placing their stamp of approval on that which is emanating from the world view of Humanism? Does the Bible not instruct Christians that they should have no other God before Him? Is not worshipping at the alter of Humanism blasphemy? Can someone who worships at the alter of Humanism call themselves Christian?
If you are a Humanist, such means you believe in and practice the tenets of Humanism. The same is true of other religions. Such is also true of Christianity. One cannot be a sometimes Christian but proclaim oneself a Christian. One cannot wittingly send one's children to a Humanist school and still proclaim oneself a Christian. One cannot go to church on Sunday and spend the remainder of the week practicing the principles of another religion and call oneself a Christian. Either one is or one is not a Christian.
If 92 percent of all Americans are Christian, it is time the Christian population stand up for and live by their religious principles.
Briggs, David; "Humanist magazine: 90% believe in God;" Associated Press; July 27, 1996.
Field, Joseph C; Total Quality for Schools; Milwaukee: ASQC Press; 1993.
� 2003 Lynn M. Stuter - All Rights Reserved
Mother and wife, Stuter has spent the past ten years researching systems theory with a particular emphasis on education. She home schooled two daughters, now grown and on their own. She has worked with legislators, both state and federal, on issues pertaining to systems governance and education reform. She networks nationwide with other researchers and citizens concerned with the transformation of our nation. She has traveled the United States and lived overseas. Web site: www.learn-usa.com E-Mail: [email protected]�
"Children need discipline. Children need structure. Children need authority. Parents should not be a child's friend, a parent is there to raise the child in an atmosphere conducive to providing structure in the child's life. Children need to know what is and what is not socially acceptable. Children need to know right from wrong..."