Are Parents No Longer Teaching Respect?

in Culture/Politics

Berkley continues allowing liberal snowflakes to rule their institution.

And why wouldn’t they?

Universities are businesses. They need to keep customers happy. Otherwise, they take their business elsewhere. School administrators don’t approve of the property damage caused by student’s outbursts. Yet, those students have parents paying huge loads of money, funding their education. Which, in turn, finances the institution.

These temper tantrums, in the name of social justice (of course), could represent a more serious problem which has been happening for decades.

Our parents and our grandparents were held responsible for their bad behavior growing up. Back then, parents sided with school administrators, reminding their children that teachers were not their babysitters. However, a complete cultural 180 has taken place, and not just with liberal dominated schools like Berkley, but across the nation.

When kids act up, it seems parents question why school administrators are so hard on their kids.  Then, in situations where a teacher or principal attempts to handle an out-of-control student, parents make claims that their child was treated, somehow, unfairly.

Educators Are Helpless

Today, high school teachers have less power in the classroom.

If a student refuses to obey, educators can kick them out of the room. Students can also be suspended. Yet, upon their return, nothing changes. It was nothing more than a prolonged timeout.

Perhaps you recall a 2016 incident which took place in South Carolina when a student was asked to leave a classroom several times and refused. The situation escalated to where a sheriff’s deputy was called in. He, too, asked several times for the girl to come with him. She refused. He had to use force. A video of him flipping the girl out of her seat went viral.

Guess what? The ACLU got involved and a lawsuit was filed against the officer and he was fired. Fortunately, all charges were dropped. Yet, the girl who was completely in the wrong became a victim in the media. She defied every authority figure and the law enforcement officer was fired.

So what’s the lesson here?

Parents Are the Problem

Parents swoop in when their child’s facing severe consequences at school. They meet with the principal to negotiate lesser charges or question why the administration is not able to handle it correctly — then, if that doesn’t work, threaten lawsuits.

The American society no longer keeps children accountable for their actions.

School administrators and law enforcement officers find themselves under a microscope. Instead of anyone asking why the young South Carolina girl decided to resist listening to her teachers, questions revolved more around how the situation could have been dealt with more appropriately.

As social justice warriors of the 70’s and 80’s fought to eliminate physical punishment at school, they made adult threats a joke. Authority has been, in fact, handed over to the youth.

Following President Trump’s election, schools allowed students to march out of their classrooms to protest. Keep in mind, the majority of high school students cannot vote. Most don’t even know what a foreign policy is, what impacts the economy, or the extent of the president’s power. But, they don’t like Trump and someone said he was a racist, which is enough to stage a protest.

Temper Tantrums

Ever see a child lose it at a grocery store? Screaming, throwing things and even going as far as to scream, “I hate you!”

You’ve likely seen it, or perhaps maybe that child was you a few decades ago. The one whose tantrum turns the heads of every store employee and nosey shopper.

It’s embarrassing for any parent to deal with. Some stand their ground, even as their child intensifies their outburst. Modern discipline tactics say spanking a child in public is a form of child abuse. Parents, regardless how strong their personalities may be, may verbally threaten the child with consequences, but certainly not bend them over their knee and spank them.

Then there are the parents who give in to their child’s outburst to keep them quiet. However, what they don’t realize is, it’s a defeat.

To appease a child to avoid a temper tantrum teaches the child to fight in order to get what you want. When temper tantrums work, they’ll do it over and over again.

Children learn to manipulate at an early age. They push their boundaries to see just how far they can go. If they know their parent gets easily embarrassed in public, they’ll play that card whenever necessary. However, if they know they’re in for it when they get home, you’ll see a child who may be angry but dare not push the issue.

Outlawing Spankings

The idea of spanking a child for doing wrong is frowned upon – classified by some as child abuse.

There have been cases where parents or guardians took spankings too far. Scenarios which may have done more harm physically and psychologically on a child. Those cases need to be addressed. Yet, child abuse cases don’t represent all forms of spanking.

Spankings should be carried out when the one delivering it is calm, never in the heat of the moment when emotions are running high. A discussion should happen first, make sure the child at least understands why the spanking is going to happen (regardless how much they protest), and following the spanking remind the child they’re loved and you want to see them do right. Then, do not discuss the incident anymore with your child. The only time you bring it up is when the child is considering doing the same action which resulted in the spanking. You can give a friendly reminder of the outcome which will result.

No, this system may not initially resonate with this child, but it will as time goes on.

Spankings should be focused on the buttock area since it has the most amount of cushion on the body. Also, spankings are supposed to hurt. Not to the point where bruises are left, but if it’s red for an hour or so, that’s OK. This is how children learn, at a young age, to obey rules.

It’s a matter of learning respect for the rules. Young children don’t always understand or grasp the reason for the rules, yet at this point in their lives, they also need to learn how to respect authority.

It also teaches them how to address problems differently over time and how to learn how to accept answers they don’t like.

To love a child is not to spare them the rod.

Every parent hopes their child turns out well and becomes a respectable citizen of society. Yet, when a child is never disciplined to the point it hurts (not physically but also emotionally) they will not function well as an adult. They will not be prepared for how harsh the world will treat them. When problems arise, they will look to mom and dad to fix them.

Catering to Feelings and Youth

Consider high school sports.

When an athlete is charged with a crime, parents are quick to defend their child. Instead of honoring the school’s rules regarding appropriate conduct, they meet with the principal to ‘work something out’. Something which does more to favor the athlete, allowing them to continue playing. The reasoning is based on, ‘we don’t want to see them suffer in the future for mistakes they made now’.

Consider how many athletes would think twice about their actions if there was a chance of being banned from a sport for a year or longer? If it could, in fact, impact the college they wanted to attend, or even impact potential scholarships?

Star high school players are catered to, especially if they’re trying to get athletic scholarships. Therefore, punishments are reduced to a slap on the hand.

Again, what’s the lesson here? If mom and dad come down to bail you out of trouble, and the worst which happens is a slap on the hand, then where’s the threat?  

Take a Look Around

Take a look at what happened following President Trump’s election.

At first, colleges had to be shut down for a day because students could not cope with the election outcome.  They had their life set for the next eight years in their small isolated worlds – worlds in which their future had Hillary Clinton running the country. They never even considered the possibility that Trump had a chance of winning. Then when he won, in their minds, the election was not fair.

Not long afterward, violence erupted in the streets, several marches took place, the Berkley incidents, and the most recent incident of Betsy DeVos being booed at a college where she was the commencement speaker. Not only that, students turned their backs on her while she spoke.

Yet, parents sit back and do nothing.

Students can certainly have a voice yet the idea of being respectful should also apply. Anyone should have the right to free speech without the worry of being assaulted, but to allow children to make major decisions, like those who did at Berkley through their heated temper tantrums, will further create a more entitled generation of crybabies.  

In Summary

An entitlement mentality has transitioned into adulthood.

The backlash from a lost election continues to torment the liberal elite. Regardless what similar actions liberal presidents have taken in the past (i.e., banning certain countries from entering the U.S.), whatever Donald Trump does – in their minds – is the root of all evil. It’s not even about the issues as much as it is who’s in office.

There’s no call to seek to understand and work together. The goal is to defy conservative reality-based ideology no matter what the current president says and does (i.e., liberals being upset Trump fired F.B.I. Director James Comey, even though they hated him for exposing Hillary Clinton’s emails).

The entitlement mentality is seen in groups like the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, which endorses violence against any form of what they consider to be hate-speech.

Most people would agree that to condemn a race, an ethnic group, or gender, is hate-speech. Yet, for liberals, it’s anything which hurts their feelings or doesn’t go along with the false narrative they want so badly to be brought into reality.

Dr. Phil addressed the situation around Ann Coulter not being able to speak at Berkley. He said entitlement is the reason for these violent protests. An entitled mindset believes anything in opposition to what they believe is a threat which needs to be threatened. He goes on to say that thunder can stir up excitement yet eventually the rain needs to come. In other words, there needs to be a dialogue between the two opposing parties.

Matthew Cassady is a freelance business writer supporting numerous companies with their content needs. Over the course of his 20-year career, Cassady has worked as a newspaper reporter, copywriter, corporate trainer, and now freelance business writer and Liberty Conservative contributor.