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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Easiest Way To Ruin A Child's Social Life

Do you often think to yourself, "I'm not sure I'm doing everything I can do to destroy any and all of my child's social relations". If you do, you are certainly not alone. Is your child constantly begging to stay out later and later each night? Is he or she beginning to show an interest in members of the opposite sex? Perhaps your son or daughter has decided that they would like to play sports? If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, there is a chance he or she is beginning to experience a rising self-esteem. What should you do about this, you ask? Read on.

If there is any chance your child may be piecing together a normal social life, the best thing to do is begin home-schooling right away. The longer you wait, the more chance there is that your child will grow up normal without an unhealthy attachment to his or her mother. Not to mention, keeping your child seperated from their peers for the entire school day has proven to be an effective method of lowering self-esteem in more than 98% of clinical studies.

Now look at this first picture, this shows a group of children in a public school interacting with each other. Make special note of the smiles on the faces of this group of children. This is exactly what you want to avoid. Smiling is a sign of happiness, and happiness can only lead to wanting to spend more time with each other. It is best to have your child avoid these types of situations, and to be safe, it is in good judgement to stay away from areas like parks and playgrounds, common breeding grounds for social interaction.

Now let us examine a second photograph. This is of a child who was pulled out of school at a fairly early age. This is proof that if caught early, rising self-esteem can be dealt with and the chances of lifelong trauma for the child are still very good. Notice the empty look in the child's eyes. This is the look that you ideally would like to see all children with. Remember, if there is any social contact at all, there is a chance your child may be exposed to drugs, sex, or even naughty words. We understand that the thought of your child having to function on their own for even part of the day may be scary, but know that it doesn't have to happen to you.

You may be concerned that you do not have the knowledge, the organization skills, or the ability to properly home-school your child. Do not fear, this is merely secondary to the fact that your child will be able to grow up without setting foot inside a normal classroom with other students. Think of some of the people who went to public school, and then ended up being involved in violent acts: John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Dick Cheney, and the list goes on. Don't think it can't happen to your child, start home-schooling today!


Jules K said...

ROFL!! Priceless!

kathi said...

Excellent stuff, wonder if you'll be stepping on toes today as well.

Craig Lowery said...

Greetings, Ms. Flamingo! You are obviously one very savvy, smart pink bird. Kudos on propping up a very important plank of the CPUSA (Commie Pinko US of A) platform, the Government (er... I mean "public") School System.
Oh, BTW... none of my six children have ever or will ever set foot in a "public" school classroom. We homeschooled for 5 years before it got to be too much, whereupon we put them in an Independent Baptist School at our local church. They're all happy, socially interactive, play sports, get great grades, work hard at becoming economically independent ASAP (my oldest daughter is a second semester freshman in college and to date her Dad (that's me) hasn't paid a nickel of her expenses. She works very hard to make that possible, and achieving that goal makes her happy). Compare that to the public school leeches who loaf at supermarkets begging for money for baseball uniforms. That makes me want to barf. Any kid with some character would go earn some money doing something productive. My kids don't do drugs (or ever want to) don't want sex before marriage, don't use bad language (although they're acquainted with it) and don't engage in any of the other habits of barnyard animals. The two who have graduated from highschool so far were both valedictorians, and my daughter graduated with high honors and won nearly every award on the planet for good character and academic achievements.
I am an amateur videographer and photographer, and have hundreds of pictures of happy children at our christian school. In stark contrast, I have pictures of the public school students who attend our chapel services in a small nearby city. You can see the difference in their eyes. Many of them live in horrible circumstances that no child should have to deal with... which brings me to the point of this rant. The conditions they live in were created by unchecked human nature, liberal social & economic policies, loose moral attitudes, and the Godless "you're accountable to nobody but yourself" public school curriculum. Our local schools are a mess and will never get better, no matter how much money is thrown at the problem, which is SYSTEMIC.
Putting children in a public school environment is like putting rats in a cage or pigs in a pen... behaviour always degenerates to the least common denominator. Too much "peer group" socializing stifles the normal desire to rise to a higher level of achievement, productivity, responsibility, and maturity. Kids need mentors to help them become contributing parts of a healthy community. "Socializing" and leisure activities do not meet that need. Kids don't need to be told "you're OK regardless of whatever you are". They need to know that their contribution to the health and survival of their family is important.

The Flamingo said...

It seems like you were right, Kathi. By the way, it is Mr. Flamingo, or you can call me Tyler. Now, with no further ado, on to a response.

First of all, I'd like to congratulate you on your terrific and successful children, you are obviously a lucky man. Believe it or not, I do not completely disagree with you. I do not think that children should be told "you're OK regardless of whatever you are". In fact, I believe that ideology is one of the reasons for the general apathy and underachievement in many school-age children today. Also, neither do I use drugs, engage in promiscuous sex, or use "bad" language as is seen in so much of our society (I use quotes on the word "bad" because it is our society that has decided what is considered bad language). Much like your daughter, I am in my second semester at a college where I pay the vast majority of my tuition (around $30,000/year) with scholarships and awards that I earned (after attending a public high school where I graduated salutatorian).

Moreover, I too have a strong faith in God, so I can understand why you would want to send your children to Baptist School, and I completely respect that decision. By the way, I read your blog, and as a creationist myself, I enjoyed reading the collection of literature you have obviously spent a great deal of time collecting.

Now, on to the disagreements. I disagree with your perception of the public school system. I do not believe that peer-group socializing "stifles the normal desire to rise to higher levels of achievement", in fact, quite the contrary. I think that being in a group increases the feeling of competition, which can actually challenge students to reach a level higher than they may have thought they could. I also feel that the peer interaction of public schools is important for the development of a child, especially at a young age, when children learn best by imitation. The drug, sex, and language references were simply meant in a sarcastic manner as a way of saying that parents can not keep their children sheltered for their entire childhood while believing that this is a way to keep them safe. It was in no way meant to offend or suggest that cursing, pre-marital sex, or drug use is in any way part of a normal upbringing.

So once again, I congratulate you on your raising a fine group of children, but I still disagree with your view of the public school system, which I feel served me pretty well. In the end, I'm not sure you and I differ too much in our views, except perhaps in our opinions on education.

God Bless,