ChildCare Action Project:
Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)
SAD BUT TRUE:
A Special Commentary of an Alert Nature
Thomas A. Carder
By participation in many discussions with public education professionals, I observed several conversations about how the general state of student discipline has decayed to near anarchy with the students ruling the school rather than the teachers and administration being in charge. It seems that there have been as many suggestions as to the cause of decay of student discipline as there are schools. It also seems to be of general agreement that the decay of student discipline was causative or at least contributory to kids killing kids.
After seven years of study and research, I offer a possible and even probable, if not, the key cause -- indeed the root cause -- to not only the general decay of student discipline and to kids killing kids, but to the general state of liberal immorality and the "take care of number one at any cost" syndrome world-wide. There are more than likely a thousand if one contributors to this general state of immorality and selfness: the breakdown of the family unit; the loss of trust in government; the lack of supervision of children; widespread abuse of all types and severities; daycare organizations raising the children instead of mom and dad; forced tolerance of perversity in the name of diversity; a thousand other contributors. However, each is a spin-off or ramification of or an effect of a single common and deeply, deeply rooted cause.
Three elements of personal character -- integrity, self respect, coping skills -- combine to form the foundation and fuel for personal behavior management. How they are shaped and incorporated and in what ratio will in most cases determine and sometimes dictate how an individual will react to stimuli or will initiate behavior. According to Doctors Michael and Susan Osborne of the Memphis State University, there are three basic progressively protected barriers to persuasion: opinion, values, and beliefs. Each level requires a stronger influence to modify, the beliefs level being the deepest and most protected. And the attitudes incorporated by an individual in turn feed and, to a point, control behavior choices.
There are several extremely strong persuasive influences of the entertainment industry on the integrity, self respect, coping skills of an observer, especially the impressionable which persuade character development -- influences which can reach deep into the BELIEFS level of human attitude -- especially in those with undeveloped or developing characters. The extremely strong influences of the entertainment industry include:
freedom from accountability, especially to God's Law
freedom from authority, especially parental
freedom from consequences, and falsified martyrdom when consequences are exacted
situational redefinition, counterfeiting and conditional application of the Scriptures to suit the moment, especially calling good evil and evil good (Is 5:20)
self importance and self esteem at the expense of self respect
unmerited acceptance, unrighteous permissiveness, and excessive tolerance
dissonance as a manipulation or proselytizing technique
suggestion by implication
usurpment of and abandonment of parental teachings/authority
situational, emotive, and behavioral ethics
lowering the threshold of acceptability and inhibition
glorification of rebellion and arrogance
encouraging values/beliefs re-thinking/modification
the "Go ahead and do the wrong as long as you are sorry for it afterwards. Ignore the pain and damage to others along the way" and the "You'll thank me when you're older" rationales
excusing unacceptable and vicious behavior by embedding it under warm and loving themes
trumped-up "messages" to excuse and manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior and imagery
too much independence and autonomy too soon
promotion of focusing on the self
using the sins of others to justify or excuse one's own sins
stealing of childhood from children
ALL OF WHICH ARE PRESENTED AS PROPER, ACCEPTABLE, DESIRABLE, AND INDEED SATISFYING; ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR STEALING CHILDHOOD FROM CHILDREN.
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First Installment: Setting the Foundation
Second Installment: Methodology
Third Installment: Fortifying the Foundation
Fourth Installment: The Millstone
Fifth Installment: Fortifying the Common Thread
Sixth Installment: The Finding
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