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Topic: Elementary School (07/19/04)

TITLE: Here's to the 92
By dub W
07/25/04

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According to an OSHA study, based on the year 2002; 92 teachers were murdered in the classroom during a 12 month period. These individuals included instructors in EVERY grade of public instruction, which means, elementary school teachers gave up their lives in the classroom.

My PRECIOUS LORD folks, what are we teaching our tiny tots. Are we exposing them to so much violence that they search for a way to destroy another human life? I read further, another article in "Today's Educator" claimed that children are released into the classroom with the attitude of a territorial heathen.

Yesterday, I walked through a Target Department Store, on a shelf was a 4T T-shirt, the incription said: "I may be small, but I am the boss," Cute is it not? Unfortunately, we as parents have left the Christian values at home and allowed our children to run the show on a value system based on a 24 inch TV screen. We put our foot down when they wanted to go to an R rated movie, but we watched TV with them as the sexual perversion was broadcast into our homes...and that was just the commercials.

Five year olds swear like sailors, twelve year olds are getting pregnant, come on folks, isn't it time Christians had an influence in the classroom.

Especially, at the elementary school age, the clay is being molded. Minds are being formed. At school the teachers work with what they are presented. And what they are presented is a direct result of what was taught at home.

The Christian answer up until now has been to run...home school, Christian school, Private school - and there is nothing wrong with any of those, except we are ignoring the real problem. We have created a bandaid effect. Our Christian educated child will emerge into a world where the elementary child was an after thought, a world based on the ten rules of sex in the city, rather than a world based on the ten commandments.

It is your choice, good Christian family, sit and watch a generation of elementary school children progress outside of Christ, OR step and begin the process of creating a change. The Lord did not promise you ease in your work.

Editors, feel free to purge this if it is out of standard with Faithwriters.


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Angela Moore07/26/04
Good points. Morality in America and in our schools should be on every Christian's prayer list everyday, whether you have children or not.
darlene hight07/26/04
Dub,
It is so true that we need to be vehicles of change. This is an excellant reminder. I don't know that everyone should sacrifice their children on the altar of public school but their are many ways to bring about change and we shouldn't wear blinders and pretend that the answer is to walk away.
Corinne Smelker 07/26/04
Dub, excellent points. I could relate to the t-shirt story. I hate those ones that say things like that, "I'm the Princess" and "Brat". What are we teaching our kids?

Mine are in public school, but I make sure we are involved parents, and even had to get on a teacher's case because she wanted my son to read Harry Potter for credit. I told her no way. She wanted to fail him for not reading good literature! Hello - what about British authors like Gerald Durrell, premiere animal expert - humourous and enlightening author?

Keeping kids in public school requires sacrifices from the parents who care these days too. But for those of us who choose to do it, we are a beacon (hopefully) to the ones who don't know Christ.
WENDY DECKER07/26/04
Dub, yes i agree, i have written on the same subject this week. I actually had a parent refer to her 3 year old daughter as sexy yesterday. I jumped right in and said that i don't think that is a word i would use to describe any child. Sadly, it seems to be the norm for many.
Deborah Anderson07/26/04
This was very informative and had some good points. Thank you and God bless you.
L.M. Lee07/26/04
All excellent points.

I always tell parents, don't tolerate at two that you'd be embarrassed by at twenty-two.

We need to live in the power of Christ...we are the only hope the world has to hold back the forces of evil. They need us, even if they resent our presence.
Melanie Kerr 07/28/04
Excellent article. I sympathise with parents wishing to take their children out of state schools but if they do where are the lights? I am a Christian teacher, but christian pupils make much bigger waves than I do.
Phyllis Inniss 07/28/04
Excellent entry. I know it's no consolation, but my small country of Trinidad and Tobago is experiencing the same problem and the crime is skyrocketing. We have to ask God to show us what to do.
Joanne Malley07/30/04
Dub-
Your article revealed many truths about our children and our world today. We as christians are always left cringing at the sound and sight of what is just "normal" and "acceptable" to many.

Hopefully, we can somehow help make a difference.

Anthony David07/30/04
Dear Dub, your article is factual and clear. What I like about it is that, you have gone ahead and written, doing whatever you could about the situation. Unlike many of us who sit and chafe! Keep on writing Dub!
Norma OGrady08/06/04
Dub,
You are right. I give you a ^5! For having the courage to speak up.
Our Christian morals have changed too.
When I was growing up women wore dresses to church that did not expose anything except maybe the calf of their leg. H E L L O Christians! This is our wake up call. Most children form their attitude between the age of birth and 5 years old. Yes, that's true...Who do children spend those first 5 years with?
God bless you Dub, and congratulations on your win!
A great article
Norma
Lynda Munfrada08/16/04
Thanks for telling it like it is! :-) But don't stop here! Please send this to many places so it can be widely read!