What’s happening to our children?
In the last century, conventional wisdom about child-rearing has undergone a dramatic metamorphosis.
Respect for family values has given way to the ideas of “social scientists” such as Sigmund Freud, John Dewey and Benjamin Spock. These theorists have turned the family into a laboratory for social experimentation.
But what has been the result of these experiments?
Are our children healthier and happier?
Is society better off?
Do educators and child psychologists acknowledge that the very foundation of their new theories is flawed?
Their experiments continue—on our children—even as problems grow more severe, and affect younger and younger children each year. Rather than address the root cause of these problems, these modern social engineers just redefine “normalcy” as they search for a “magic pill” that will fix everything.
There is a growing tendency to medicate children’s behaviour by over-prescribing psychiatric drugs that are often the causes of suicides, but big profit for the pharmaceutical companies.
There is no question that something terrible is happening to our children, yet it appears that the educational and paediatric establishments merely wish to treat the symptoms of these problems rather than the real causes.
But what are the real causes of the problems that exist in today’s families—and what can be done about them?
A Look at Today’s Kids !
They are a generation stuck on fast forward… The girls wear sexy lingerie and provocative makeup and the boys affect a tough-guy swagger.
They are a generation whose values have been shaped by television, video games and the Internet.
Most children are spending more time interacting with the electronic media than with their parents.
They have televisions in their own rooms and most say that their parents do not impose limits on their television viewing.
What values are being promoted to children these days?
Much of the popular entertainment celebrates attitudes that are rude, crude, vulgar, disrespectful of authority and rebellious. Violence, promiscuous sexuality, “alternative” lifestyles and crass materialism are vigorously promoted.
It seems that tolerance is the chief virtue and everything is to be tolerated. Hardly any discipline is applied or the parents will be accused of abuse.
The concept that there are no absolute rights and wrongs has been promoted in the West for well over a century—today, the belief in moral absolutes is labelled as bigoted.
Today’s violent movies and video games make children get used to violence or even teach aggressiveness and the military training programs help young soldiers overcome their reluctance to kill, which in fact, could make them cold-blooded killers.
It has become increasingly clear that the television industry is using a toxic addictive substance—violence—in order to addict young children.
The purpose of our play is to inflict horrendous suffering on other human being; sitting and watching vivid depictions of human death and suffering and to associate that with pleasure while eating popcorn and candy bars, laugh and cheers—like the Romans in the Colosseum watching people being butchered.
Video games are one of the tools that the military uses to condition and prepare recruits for combat situations, and break down their natural inhibitions to kill. The Army uses a modified Super Nintendo video game; the Marines use the video game Doom. These are used to train and program infantrymen, like a flight simulator is used to train and program pilots.
When children spend hours sitting in front of such games, is it any surprise that they become conditioned to violence?
More damaging still is the fact that many parents are themselves without a strong moral compass. Shaped by the moral relativism of the 1970s, most of today’s parents feel a need to be “open-minded” about contemporary youth culture. Sadly, many are so open-minded that they have become empty-headed!
Part of the problem lies in defining “good character”.
In recent decades, the moral consensus in America and in much of the rest of the Western world has collapsed. No longer are such values as honesty, hard work, chastity and modesty universally acclaimed.
What is character? Why is it important?
Self-discipline is one of the most vital aspects of good character. Without a disciplined approach to life, we will habitually take the path of least resistance. We will quit whenever we get tired or lose interest, whether an important job remains left to be done or not. When faced with moral dilemmas, it takes self-discipline to choose the high and noble alternative, rather than to take the easy way.
To train a child, parents must have a clear sense of the results they seek. With the goals clearly in mind, the next step is to form a strategy for achieving those goals. Parents must persevere and stick to what is right—even though modern society disapproves.
Remember, also, that you cannot help someone else to be firmly anchored in life unless you are anchored yourself! It’s your responsibility!
What is happening to our kids as a result of a century of social experimentation?
Tragic consequences – that is what!
Millions are over-medicated and under-disciplined. They are growing up with fatally flawed value systems. Seduced by decadence and materialism, they suffer from emptiness at the spiritual core of their being.
Unfortunately, too many parents reinforce the very behaviour that they want to eliminate, by giving in to children when they whine, cry or are defiant.
Consistency and persistence are absolutely necessary to provide proper reinforcement in childrearing.
Rather than participate in the tragically flawed child development experiments that marked the 21st century, parents can opt for a far better way by applying the principles that teach children good moral values; honesty, modesty and good manners, self-discipline and self-respect, as well as respect for others, hard work and self-sufficiency, reliability and responsibility.
This way our children will be equipped to face life with solid values and healthy self-discipline, thereby enabling them to lead happy, productive lives of their own.
WAKE UP PARENTS !!!
Excerpts taken from; http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/magazines/2000/july-august/what-is-happening-to-our-kids