Bobby & Bonnie Hathorn
Earlier this semester, instead of walking to first period class, my fellow juniors and I were herded into the auditorium to listen to a salesman from Balfour Class Rings preach about his wonderful product. As he drifted through stories of anonymous graduates, he often reiterated that purchasing a class ring is an expression of one’s self.
Is it ethical to rob time from students and teachers in order to have a salesman encourage materialistic values to a silenced and vulnerable audience?
I believe it is not ethical, nor is it an efficient use of time, and the Bearden administration should think twice before auctioning off two hours of valuable learning time to the highest bidder.
It was not until I was awakened to the fallacy of today’s version of Christianity that I finally adopted what I believe is a more wise outlook on parenting.
Since I became aware that culturally accepted Christianity is grossly false compared to what is actually in the Bible, I was forced to allow my children to stay in the (groan) government schools. It was then that I realized that good parenting is not sheltering my kids from the things of the world, but rather guiding them in a manner so as to have a proper and wise perspective on life while in the world. I have seen far too many unbalanced kids come out of so-called Christian schools and home schooling (not saying that all are this way).
To me, I think it was a far better thing to have my children exposed to the many falsehoods and bad teen culture while expecting them to discern right from wrong and to not swallow controversial teachings simply because everyone else is believing it. I required them to be completely independent in thought and deeds. May I also say this was also much harder to do as a parent. It would be much easier to cop out and shelter my kids from the world. It is a far, far more difficult thing to maneuver a child through the world and to the point of a well-balanced and mature young adult.
For example, we would make controversial teachings in school matters of discussion at the dinner table. I would offer alternatives to dogma like evolution and tell my children that in the end they must decide for themselves. Same thing with sex education. Let the truth win out instead of me trying to force a world view on my kids.
It was not exactly evident by the article that Mr. Neely is actually comfortable and confident in his parenting practices. Seems like he just rolled with all the circumstances in the end. Regardless, it looks as if his own turned out just fine. My own have all turned out great (in my eyes of course), in spite of my personal shortcomings as a parent. Why? Because I think that the only thing I forced them to do was to think for themselves.
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