Country Living Series

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Have children become unteachable?

Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled, Have Children Become Unteachable?

20 comments:

  1. Parents don't want to put the time and energy it takes to raise their children. Parents are tired when they get home from work, go into "neutral mode" and don't put the heart into wanting to know their kids. It all starts at home. Home used to be where the heart was, now I'm afraid its where there seems to be the biggest lack of heart. This article is extremely sad and terrifying for our young people who deserve much better.

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    1. You're so right Emerald. It's a vicious cycle. They have to work because of higher taxes and so many regulations and the bigger the government, the bigger problems we have. The moral compass is way off and God is not so much in the picture anymore. It does start at home; but if the home is lacking the biblical principles we once lived by, it's not going to work. Sadly, I know many women that want to climb the corporate ladder, be independent and the heck with the children. That's why they have daycare, they say. Selfishness; is all it is. It's all about me, me, me..Then don't have children. Geez. It's been years since this chaos started; and it's not going to change anytime soon. We have to keep praying and do our part, and it's not easy, but we have to keep trying and persevering. "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men, do nothing."....Edmund Burke...and that's what's happened in the last 60 years or so.

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  2. I'm not going to lie....I was initially a little leery of agreeing to allow my wife to homeschool the kids. I mean, if public school was good enough for me...then why not my kids? The more things like this I read though, the more okay I am. In our case, that even means sucking up the fact that we paid for my wife to go to school herself so she could earn her LPN before we decided to homeschool. Giving up eating out quite as often to be able to afford for my wife to be able to homeschool is worth it.

    The hard part is...it has to be my generations fault. When I was going through school, failure was not okay...and teachers did not change grades, at least as far as I saw. My parents were not okay with C's(or even B-minuses)....and you still had different groups you were broken into to learn different levels of math/reading...even inside the same grade level.

    I don't know exactly has gone wrong, but I have to believe another symptom of it is the 'participation award', that we see in sports now for young kids. I had a serious frown on my face for most of the first season my daughter played soccer...because it was verboten to keep score. You see...it didn't matter who won or lost, as long as you tried, and that HAS to be the same thing that is going on in schools now.

    I lived with it, while also making sure that my daughters understood that it does matter who wins and loses. I can't change the world, but I can make sure my daughters are ready to take charge and dominate a world that is not ready for THEM.

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  3. I am glad you mentioned Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House books. They are such a good example of the kind of people this country has had, believing in hard work and commitment to doing thing well if your going to do them! Earned grades you have worked hard to get always make you feel better. I feel sorry for the students today that do not have that feeling of true accomplishment in their lives.
    Great article!

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    1. I agree Fiona. No or poor work ethics and moral compass waaay out of wack...Alicia

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  4. A few months ao I was having breakfast with a group of businessman friends and one, a contractor, said that only about 20% of the young men that came in looking for a job could read a tape measure. I didn't believe it so I went and asked two other contractors. Both agreed. In fact one said " 20%, he's getting the smart ones". And less than 1/2 of the young people that apply at my business are proficient at reading cursive. Out of curiosity I would then point to a map of the US on my wall and ask them to point to where we are. They can't do it. It is getting really bad.

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  5. And let’s not forget that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.
    That's pretty much it in a nutshell. That's why so many schools are doing away with grades; and why everyone gets to be on the team whether they can play the game or not.
    Because they want sheeple not people.
    Scary country. Hard to keep reminding myself that God is in control.

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    1. Yes, all about self-esteem. If they only knew. Actually God is not in control. He's not in control of what we think, say or do. He created us with a free will. He's in control of prophecy, His promises, Mercies, etc. but He's not a control freak. He loves us enough to make our own decisions and unfortunately this is satans domain. The Bible says we are not of this world. We are in the end times and I expect these things to be happening, but we still have to be the "salt of the earth".....It has become a scary country though. Having started as a country founded on biblical principles, it's not so much anymore. Have a blessed week Linda. :)

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  6. This article hits it right on the head! The results are disastrous for higher education and the workplace.

    A couple of years ago I taught a senior-level research writing course required of all students. A prerequisite was successful completion of the freshman writing course offered by the college. As a chemist/computer scientist I was initially focused on helping the students develop a strong research question, identify and access a variety of good resources, and organize their research results effectively. Very naive on my part!

    With weekly milestone writing required, I quickly discovered that less than half the students could write a grammatically correct sentence, paragraphs were a foreign concept, and outlines were completely mysterious! The class varied in age from twenty to past fifty, with the older students generally far more competent in their writing skills. Very discouraging when coupled with some students' inability to accept criticism or apply suggestions to future work.

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  8. One teacher friend had a middle school daughter in an honors program. He and his wife (a former teacher) looked over a paper she had written and told her to correct grammatical errors. The teacher complained to them that they were destroying the "wonderful" spontaneous writing she would otherwise produce. The reply from the parents was that they would rather have good grammar than whatever happened to be written as a first draft. What happened to first drafts anyway?
    A high school honors freshman English teacher complained that she had to spend the first 6-12 weeks teaching basic grammar and composition.
    My granddaughter is in seventh grade at a Christian school and had to write a research paper. A high school English teach of her mother's acquaintance told the mother that in the public school the first research paper was written in senior English.
    I might add that both of the first two teachers mentioned have left the public schools for private schools that still have standards.

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  9. /To begin with, I left teaching 20 years ago (early retirement due to burnout). I literally forced students to work by a combination of gently urging and threats--whatever worked. They complained constantly . I was criticized because my failure rate (10%) was totally unacceptable. My students left their freshman year hating me. By their senior year they remembered me fondly. When I see them now (we live in a small city), they tell me how much they learned from me and say I am one of their favorite teachers! I spent time trying to teach them to think. Some learned; some didn't. After one miserable year teaching an upper level high school class (one of four of that subject), the teacher teaching the next level of that subject encountered me and asked if I had taught two particular students. When I answered that I had, he said "I thought so. They are the only ones who can think and not just memorize things and regurgitate them". My highest moment!

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  10. Folks, you know in your hearts that America is bleeding out. Dumbed-down, dependent, government-indoctrinated children will fit right in with the third world country which our evil government is creating. Their lives will be worth as much to the government as their fraudulent 'diplomas and degrees' are to employers.

    We moved to The Redoubt to join God-fearing, liberty-loving families. Christ is still Lord of our valley. We are putting our faith in God and the many homeschooled children here.
    Montana Guy

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  11. Wow. I feel really blessed in our local public school.

    I had nothing but complaints until I read this (and I still think they're soft-grading social engineers).

    After hearing about others' experiences, though, I'm counting our blessings. My six-year-old is learning to multiply and to use a period and a comma. My 12-year-old will be expected to read and respond to A Wrinkle In Time this year (last year, they did The Giver). I wonder if someone here on the red end of a blue state hasn't gotten fed up with the radical left agenda and started lobbing educational hand grenades...

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  12. Because I have worked on the office side of a charter school designed for students who fell behind in their credits, and as a substitute teacher (haven't been able to find a full-time teaching job), I will tell you that I see lots and lots of problems within government schools. I could probably write a book, but instead, here are a few highlights. Oh, my county in SoCal has one of the highest welfare rates in the state, keep that in mind as I vent.

    Welfare in CA requires you to send your kids to school. Even though it is legal within certain paperwork, the forms they have parents sign say that homeschooling is illegal in CA and will not meet this requirement. So if a parent in the welfare system want to help their kids break out of this trap by giving them a proper education at home, it is not allowed. Now, most welfare recipients (at least the ones I have dealt with at work) are not interested in breaking the cycle of dependance, they just want the kids out of their way for a few hours. Oh, and most let their kids do whatever they want, they are more interested in being their kid's friend.

    I live close to several prisons, and that means there are a lot of prisoner families that live in the area. We all know what that means. People will comment on our newspaper's Facebook page after a crime story, "hoodrats breed hoodrats." With rare exception, I see this everyday.

    Teacher's hands are tied when it comes to any form of meaningful discipline. If a teacher "crosses the line" parents will sue. Parents defend little Johnny or Suzie no matter what they have done. It is always the teacher's or school's fault. Kids are not held accountable for misbehavior. For example, while I was still working for the charter school, we had a parent bring her son in for enrollment. He had been expelled from the public school for bringing a large knife to school. He also had a history of fighting. Mom kept telling me that he was a good boy.

    School staff (unless you are campus police) are not allowed to touch a child, even if they are fighting, or destroying property. We are just supposed to call police.

    While administrators are not allowed to change a teacher's grade for a student, they can make your life miserable if you don't. An English teacher friend of mine, who was still in her probationary period, was fired for not changing the grade of the star football player so he could play.

    Kids are allowed to run amok in public, and parents will get very hostile if you dare suggest that they control their kids. Allowing little Johnny or Suzie to run around a restaurant, store, or movie theater while parents just ignore it is just accepted as normal.

    And then, we have had No Child Left Behind which is being replaced by Common Core, social experiments designed to make little Johnny and Suzie good little obedient sheeple. The education establishment tells concerned parents that it is designed to help kids learn higher order thinking, uh, no it isn't.

    Okay, my comments are long enough, rant over.

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  13. Here's another example of liberal mentality .. close to home .. this goes beyond every child gets a trophy mentality! http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_ef0ca514-e216-582c-b2fe-a6fe1865162c.html?state=taberU

    also picked up on Fox News http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/02/27/idaho-parents-face-penalty-for-cheering-at-games/?intcmp=latestnews

    More like a 'silent scream ... instead of silent cheer'

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    1. Enjoyed the links. Yes, sadly we have bastions of 'useful idiots' even in The Redoubt. But there is hope. Our demographics may quickly improve when the 'grid goes down'.
      Montana Guy

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  14. As usual, your article is "spot on." Nowadays children are not educated, but indoctrinated. Homeschooling or private schools are almost a 'must' now if you want your child/ren to have decent, real education. Electronics are great and I love my email and the blogs I have access to on my laptop. But, wow! I've seen almost all youngsters I know, practically GLUED to their phone, every minute of the day. Don't you dare take their phone from them. It's so scary how dependent they are on games, internet and these wonderful technical advancements. You tube videos with so much garbage, violence and profanity at their fingertips. It's scary and so sad. Anyhoot, congratulations on another article well thought of and written. Have an awesome week. Hugs and blessings your way, Alicia (east Texas Homesteader)

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  15. Patrice, even IF children today are teachable, I seriously doubt many government school are still capable of teaching any of the 3-Rs or history. Government schools are impotent at best, evil at worse. Giving them unfettered, daily access to children borders on child abuse.
    Montana Guy

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