Here’s a disturbing but sadly not surprising story from ABC News about
Janine Butler, a 28-year-old New Jersey teacher, knows something about out-of-control students.
One girl threw objects, threatened Butler with knives and tried to bite her. Another boy was “just rude, rude, rude,” pulling down his pants and swearing at her. The final straw came when another student scratched and hit her.
Butler’s students were barely out of diapers — 3- and 4-year-olds — and their public preschool in Trenton was not allowed to expel them.
“No one would do anything,” said Butler, who eventually quit. “I felt alone.”
Tantrums, aggression, biting and kicking are becoming increasingly common in preschool, according to child development specialists.
Here’s a laughable statement from the article:
“Nobody knows why,” Gilliam said. “A lot of people blame parents. A lot of people blame the schools or an education system that pushed programs to preschool that are not developmentally appropriate. Now the stakes are higher in preschool.”
Hint: it starts at home, and is mostly at home. Doesn’t take a rocket science to realize this, just a willingness to consider something other than the philosophy that government can solve anything and do anything.
In case anyone is under the delusion that the public education system is going to be able to wave a magic wand and turn kids like this into well-behaved little angels, you’re smoking something pretty powerful. Oh, you may eventually, after a few years, get them down to the point where they’re misbehaving “smarter,” where it isn’t so out in the open and they can get away with it better. But their morals and discipline isn’t going to magically become good.
Problems like this begin at HOME, where parents are probably sending children bad messages with their own bad behavior, providing poor supervision and teaching, or aren’t teaching the kids anything at all.
God ordained that PARENTS, not public school, teach children the basics, which includes morality and proper behavior.
Want more proof that these so-called “experts” are as blind as a bat when it comes to seeing the causes of this problem? Read this excerpt:
NIEER’s review of national research suggests bad behavior may be up for a variety of reasons: poor prenatal care, including drug use; family poverty and “negative parenting practices, such as harsh discipline and maternal insensitivity.”
Walk the cat back a little farther, please, and you’ll find the real problem: moral failure.
Poor prenatal care isn’t the culprit; that has no bearing on the later behavior of the child.
Drug use, of course is what: a moral failure. One that affects the children.
Poverty? That’s an insult to good poor people around the country and around the world. There are plenty of poor people who raise their children to behave, have discipline, and behave morally. I grew up dirt poor, the son of a dirt-poor farmer. But my parents taught me and disciplined me. Too many parents today, poor and comfortable alike, just don’t bother teaching their children anything.
On the other hand, if the poor home is in this economic condition because of addictions (drug, alcohol, gambling, etc.) or a poor work ethic, then this goes a long way in explaining why the children are having problems. But it goes back to a moral problem, not simply “poverty.” Poverty does not automatically dictate bad behavior, but bad behavior often results in poverty.
Harsh discipline? “Harsh” discipline is sometimes necessary, and maybe if there was more of it, these children wouldn’t be acting like wild animals. But not the kind of harsh discipline that involves beating, hitting, and yelling profanity at the child. Firm discipline is a loving act to better the child and demonstrate that there are boundaries and requirements for living. Parents would do well to use such “harsh” punishments as firm rules, standards, spankings when needed, and loss of privileges. Beating and yelling because the kid bothered you just illustrates to the child that force is a way of life. Wrong message.
Maybe children would learn better and behave better if we treated them with love, affection and respect as a human being, instead of an unpleasant obligation that we want to push off on someone else at every opportunity. What kind of message does it send our children when we’re always sending them somewhere other than the home in which they should be loved, cherished and welcomed?
But now South Dakota wants to bring even more children out of the home and into the preschool environment with SB 26, which passed the state senate three days ago.
In a situation where the budget is already tight, this makes no sense whatsoever.
And with children like the wild ones above, do we really want to take more children out of the home (perhaps ones that have been taught well) and expose them to this kind of peer example? Do we really want to wipe out everything good they’ve been taught at home by placing them alongside wild banshees all day?
And do so for no real benefit? Studies have shown that any academic benefit realized by preschool dissipates to nothing by about the 4th grade.
So we want to spend more money to take children out of the home where they belong, place them around bad peer influences, and get zero academic benefit out of it?
Sounds like a classic liberal plan, to me. Which means abysmal failure and more suffering.
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