Over the last several days, I’ve shared some videos of the chaos going on in our schools. Kids punching their teachers, attacking security officers, throwing desks, and other forms of anarchy. I provide a few additional examples in this post. You have to see it to believe it, unless you work in a public school, in which case you’ve already seen it many times.
Despite all of the hand wringing we hear over cops in the schools, the fact is that many schools NEED cops because many of these kids are violent, unruly, undisciplined, and vicious. Parents don’t want schools to be like prisons, but they do want the schools to be like foster homes, because they don’t feel like doing the hard parenting work themselves.
But schools can’t be parents. They’re giant state-run industrial education factories. They have neither the resources nor the ability to teach kids how to be good people. The best they can hope to do is deal with the bad kids in a manner than minimizes the disruption they cause.
Last week I wrote that parents need to teach their kids to respect authority. I wasn’t satisfied with that piece because it was incomplete. The problem goes much deeper than that. What we’re experiencing in our culture is, in many cases, a total abdication of parental responsibility. The NUMBER ONE MOST IMPORTANT duty of a parent is to teach a child how to be honorable and virtuous human beings. Parents must teach goodness. They must teach integrity. They must give their child a moral formation. Nobody else can do it. The schools certainly can’t. We have to. If we don’t, if we inflict our selfish, immature, morally underdeveloped children on society and on the school system, we cannot complain about what happens next.
This is the real crisis in our culture. Many parents strive every day to provide spiritual guidance to their kids, but many others simply do not. Part of the problem — especially in the black community — is that one half of the parenting team isn’t present in the home to provide that guidance. But even in houses with both parents, often there is no real attempt to teach and demonstrate goodness and virtue. They expect the schools do it, and then become incensed when the schools simply haul their vicious, violent children away in cuffs.
But that’s inevitable. Your kid is in a classroom with 30 other people. They can’t stop everything to try and teach him how to be a decent human being. That’s something that really only you can do. If you don’t, you’ve failed in your most important duty, and the consequences fall on your shoulders.
Read and share. I have teachers in the past with some of my criticisms of public education, but I think this might be one they very much agree with:
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