Today on my drive home I heard a snippet on the news that made me want to get out of my car and start beating every liberal I could find. What you might ask filled me so full of ire, what would throw me into such a apoplectic fit?
To some it may seem ridiculous to get so upset about this. To others they may wonder at my dedication to knowledge. I am however sick to death of seeing bandaids on every social ill when what is truly needed is major surgery. I am tired of society ignoring the elephant in the living room.
It seems the president (and yes I know that’s supposed to be Capitalized but until someone in the office can act like an adult deserving of respect, I will be using the small p, same goes for democrat, republican, liberal, conservative …….) is going on the road with his new meme, auditioned at the State of the Union (which is not strong, but does suck strongly). Apparently, the king of incompetence, thinks that children spend too much time in their homes. It is now strongly recommended (by someone who doesn’t even bother to spend vacation time with his own children) that pre-school be universal. Really? And that’s going to help how exactly.
Well children that go to preschool do better in school, of course. They do math better, read better, and are more independent. What a pile of nonsense. I raised 6 strong independent producers. They all work, even if they stay home and do day care so they can be with their own children. I have been in and around schools for the last 27 years. It is my observation that the children who do well are the ones that come from traditional backgrounds. They have a mother and father in the home. Someone stays home with these children, sacrificing career goals, educational goal and monetary rewards. They drive car’s into the ground, they live in modest homes in small towns, they don’t go out to dinner often, they pack lunches for themselves and their children. These folks grow gardens, volunteer at schools take part time jobs so that one of them is home when the kids are home.
Think about it for a minute, this man (and I use the term loosely) wants to take 4 year olds away from their parents, shove them into school with 300-400 kids who are all bigger then they are. Some of these kids still nap in the afternoon and even if they don’t they are cranky, irritable and down right unhappy most of the afternoon. They are ripe for abuse by older children because they really don’t know how to take care of themselves. Children this age are sometimes incredibly shy which will not be cured by shoving them into a classroom with 10-15 other children who feel the same why. What then are they supposed to do when they need a hug, when the world is not aligned and all they want is their mommy. I guess those feelings can wait until they get home. So you have children going home and spending the entire evening trying to wind down from their frustrating, irritating, very bad day.
Here’s my problem with all of that. Children spend 9 hrs. a day in school, going to school, coming home from school. They’re in school in our area from the second week of August to the last week in May and have 6 weeks of summer vacation. If you figure 20 days a month for 9 1/2 months (not counting the vacations and days off) that means children are in school for 190+ days a year. There are only 365 days in a year this means they are away from their parents for about 1/4th of the year. Nine hours a day means they are spending 1/3 of their actual day, more than 3/4 of their awake time in the company of someone the parent can’t even choose. At least in daycare parents have the opportunity to choose the provider, at school you just get whoever is assigned to you. They could be the best teacher in the world or they could be the worst, it’s just the luck of the draw.
My point. It’s bad enough our 5 year olds are having to grow up too fast. They are exposed to people and ideologies that they are not prepared for not because parents aren’t doing their jobs but because they aren’t emotionally, physically or intellectually ready to deal with what they’re exposed to.
If the president wants to take children out of bad homes, out of abusive homes, out of chaotic homes then he needs to make that case. As for my grandchildren and their parents before them, they don’t need to be protected from their parents. They need to be home with their mother or father more than they need to start school early. They have 13 years to be indoctrinated by the state. They need that extra year for their parents to be able to teach them right from wrong and good from bad.
It is apparent that in many districts mendacity, misinformation, political correctness and treason have taken the place of the Golden Rule. Can’t we wait a year before teaching our children to “Do unto others before they do it unto you” or “ask not what you can do for somebody else, ask what the government is going to do for you?”
Or maybe we need more people who are totally disconnected from everyone. That is what happens when you institutionalize people. It’s doesn’t make them more accepting, it just drives them more introverted, especially when their emotional needs are not met.
So yeah, we don’t have enough perspective mass murderers and agents of destruction. I’m surprise no one has brought up this question. If schools are so very important to the social landscape why is it that mass shooting have increased along the same line as the length of time students spend away from home ?
Yeah, that elephant’s getting bigger and smellier everyday.