posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 11:20 PM
I am 28 years old, I have a 10 year old brother. I was there at my Mother's house when he got home from school today. He began telling me about
general discussion in class. It's topic was our current economic crisis, and more specific the credit crunch.
His teacher had opened the discussion in what to me, seemed an intelligent fashion, and opened it to the floor. He said one child asked if it would
ever get to the point that her family would be directly affected. The teachers respose was, although true, frightening to this 9 - 10 year old
child... She responded by saying, the odds are your parents have already been affected. Pretty much every company your parents work for depend on
credit, which results in your father/mother's pay check.She then added, that credit was a scarce commodity and would result in maximum job loss.
The child was still confused,and as children's point of view tends to be quite simplistic, she asked who did it? who's fault is it? This is where
I begin to question the teacher's motives,
The teacher responded by telling the child it is the fault of the American people. That it was OUR fault finances were mismanaged on such a
grandiose scale. That families were now homeless because 'they had no bussiness owning a home in the first place' and asked the child if her parents
had a plan when push comes to shove. This went on and on...
I don't really disagree with this teacher, but I question as to why such graphic descriptions and questions were posed to a child of 9 or 10.
I happen to find it disgraceful how dependant we as a country have become on credit. I do agree that some percentage of current homeowners ought to
have considered renting for some time longer,but a child cannot comprehend this thought process.
I think what I am getting to here, is the question of, Are we not being given the right of choice as to who offers the best explanation to the
current events? Do you as a parent, give up the right to offer your children an objective opinion/explanation?Is it not in your child's best interest
for you to take the resposibility of answering these questions, as you know best how to word the answers in a comprehensible manner for your child to
Do we sit complacent to the fact that children may receive subjective information that comes from an institution that does not encourage students to
form free thought?
I am not a parent, I would like the opinions of everyone, parent or not....