The other morning during family bible study, the kids and I were talking about slothfulness and covetousness. The verses that we had been studying were Proverbs 21:25-26 "The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labour. He covets greedily all the day long; the the righteous gives and spares not". We started to talk about being slothful and what that meant and why the slothful covet. It was pretty easy for them to come to the conclusion that the slothful didn't want to work and because of that they always wanted what they didn't posses. Pretty simple. But that got us to talking. What is it that we value in this world and how are we teaching those values to the next generation?
When was the last time you heard about a public school teaching children that it was important to work, no matter what the job? That work itself was not just a means to an end but a reward in and of itself? When did you hear of a school (or a parent for that matter) teaching children to hold their tongue and control their urges? As we sat discussing all of the character qualities that are essential to the maintenance of a polite and free society, we realized that everything we need to know, we are indeed taught in kindergarten....
- He who is the most disruptive, will get the most attention
- There really is such a thing as a free lunch
- Your rights end where mine begin
- Children are always right, adults are always wrong
- If someone else has what you want, crying about it will, at the very least, get it taken away from him
- Life is supposed to be fair and it is the job of teachers, police, government to make it so
- You get extra points for tattling on your friends
- All of your behavioral problems can be excused by your family life
- If someone doesn't like you, it's because they are "haters" (you certainly didn't do anything wrong)
- If you won't control yourself, you have an illness
- It's your teacher's fault if you fail your classes
- Government is good, free enterprise is bad
- Nature is more important than people
- Pets are people too
- If you are disruptive in class, you are just "highly intelligent" and bored with the schoolwork
- "Intolerance" is never tolerated
- No one is your "superior"
- The "good of the group" always comes before the good of the individual
- Rich people are greedy, poor people are downtrodden
- It is your job to know what everyone else should be doing
When we teach our children upside-down character, how can we expect them to grow up and maintain moral integrity? We can't. Our society is perfectly reflecting what we are teaching our children. We are successfully implementing everything we learned in kindergarten. And now we know what it's like to live in a country run by children.