WHAT KIND OF PARENTS ARE WE RAISING TODAY?
I know a teacher in
who gave her class a homework assignment that would allow each one of the students 8 weeks to complete. The due date to turn in the assignment was just days ago, and, as you might have guessed, not every student turned in their homework. In spite of the fact that they had 2 months to complete the work, many of them came to school that day empty-handed. I’m sure you are asking yourself just what did these students offer as an excuse? They didn’t! Instead, their parents did it for them! This teacher received emails from the parents of 22 members of her class offering excuses of various kinds. We’re not talking about kids in kindergarten; rather, these are fourteen and fifteen year olds getting ready for high school. Michigan
It’s been said that we are raising a generation who will be living in the basements of their parents, and, from what I’ve seen and heard in the past few years, that statement might not be too far from the truth. Teachers today have no means of discipline for the few students who are unruly misfits. Even a voice of disapproval will some
times backfire when an irate parent storms into school to defend his little urchin. We’ve all heard how students of all ages are treated in school today. We mustn’t do anything to bruise their egos. There are no scores in sporting events now. Everyone gets a trophy. There are simply no losers. Everyone is a winner. Unfortunately, when the little boogers get out in the real world, his boss doesn’t hand him a trophy, and he doesn’t take calls from parents making excuses for him. I often wonder if these Wall Street protesters represent the first wave of these self-absorbed, spoiled kids.
So, you tell me. Am I off-base here? Do these protesters represent a good cause? Are parents really holding their kids responsible for getting their work completed on
time? What should that teacher do about those 22 kids? Should she give them an F for failing to complete the assignment, or should she excuse them as their parents would expect?
I know that I’m a senior citizen, and we all know senior citizens are out-of-touch with today’s society. Good grief, I go back to a
time that when a boy was bad in school, his teacher took a wooden paddle and swatted his butt with it. I always preferred the female teachers since they could swing the paddle with only a portion of the force that a male teacher did. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating that type of discipline. There would be mothers across the nation fainting when they heard about little Johnny getting his butt beat. But shouldn’t a teacher have some means of keeping law and order? And just what do you recommend?