Posted on October 16, 2009 by lskenazy
Hi Readers — Here’s a comment that got me thinking.
Dear Free-Range Kids: My sons came home from school the other day with a letter informing parents that there would a Healthy Eating talk given to all groups. This comes less than a month after a talk on the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases that was given to the older kids in the school.
Now don’t get me wrong . I am not against either of these or any other similar education program. I did, however, think back to when I was at school and I could not think of a single social education talk that we were given. I have only been out of school 20 years, so we are not talking the middle ages here.
This got me thinking about the current generation of children in the majority of western countries. They have had every talk, seminar and lesson on the dangers or drunk driving, unsafe sex, unhealthy eating, Stranger Danger, Road Safety, cyber awareness, drug awareness and hundreds of other educational programs that make them by far the most informed generation ever.
Is it not ironic, therefore, that they are a generation of virtual shut ins with restrictions on everything they do, despite the fact that are probably better equipped to face the so-called threats out there compared to many of their parents? If we are going to educate them then we should trust them with the knowledge we have given them. Our children are not stupid!!
P.S. Right on! AND — to the writer of this note: I have lost the original but would like to credit you. (Long story — my computer died.) Please send me your name and your blog’s URL so we can post them here!
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