There is an old saying, "it takes a community to raise a child". I firmly believe this, that is why I volunteer in my community so that I can make
a difference for my children and others. My children are young, but I restrict what they watch and how much they watch (all electronics). They get 1
hour on week days, and 2 on weekend days. They have manners, they have responsibility, and they have discipline.
I'm also a teacher, and my students think I am a mean mom, because I make my children play outside more then they get to play on electronics. I teach
high school and I see all the time, how much disrespect there is out there, and it is not just from the children, I get it from parents as well. Long
gone are the days when it was the child's fault when they received a bad mark, and here are the days when it is the teachers fault.
Society and the education system is telling us today that we can not fail children, that all are equal and that no one should ever fail. Well that is
not reality, we are not preparing children for life in the workforce. And music and television does not help. I do not think that horror movies are
going to make people run out and kill others any more then I think that music talking about sex, drugs and rock n' roll, is going to make kids run
out and do those things.
Do I think that our society has become much too desensitized, the answer is YES. Long gone are the days when children had self respect and pride in
how they looked, and what they wore. I've seen young girls wanting to be noticed, and wearing as little as possible; and I've seen young men wearing
thier pants down around their knees showing off their asses.
As a teacher and a parent, I try to stress self respect and respect for others in my class and in my house. I have high expectations, and more often
than not my students and my children rise to meet them. But I have rules, and I expect them to be followed, I treat them with respect in the
beginning and it is their job to keep it, not mine to continually give it.
Good responsible children begin at home, and must be maintained by the community. Again it takes a community to raise a child.