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Posted by concerned grandparent on May 07, 2000 at 12:47:30:

A CHILD IN A HALL COUNTING BRICKS WILL LEARN MATH....THEY CAN ADD, SUBTRACT, MULTIPLY AND DIVIDE THEM! IT ALSO TEACHES BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. DO YOU THINK THEY WANT TO BE OUT IN THAT HALL?? A LESSON TAUGHT IS A LESSON LEARNED. POPPING PILLS TEACHES THAT IT'S OK TO BE ADDICTED...IT MAKES CHILDREN FEEL " DIFFERENT" IT CREATES LOW SELF ESTEEM! IT DOESN'T TEACH HOW TO COPE IN THE REAL WORLD........BUT THEN, IT'S NOT YOUR LIVER/KIDNEYS/HEART AND MIND THAT ARE BEING TAMPERED WITH! YOU WORRY ABOUT WHAT THEY EAT FOR BREAKFAST - NO DOUGHNUTS? HOW ABOUT CHEMICALS???? I'M SURE YOU OSTRACIZE SMOKERS & THINK THAT ALCOHOL SHOULD BE OUTLAWED......TAKE VITAMINS? EAT HEALTHY? EXERCISE REGULARLY FOR GOOD HEALTH? DON'T WANT DRUNK DRIVERS ON THE ROAD???? HOW ABOUT PEOPLE COMING DOWN FROM THEIR RITALIN? WITH HEADACHES AND IRRITABILITY? OR DO WE TELL THEM THAT THEIR NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE EITHER?
WE ARE DOPING OUR CHILDREN! CREATING ADDICTS! WE ARE POISENING THEIR BODIES, SHORTENING THEIR LIFE SPANS AND MAKING THEM DEPENDENT ALL BECAUSE WE ARE TOO LAZY TO DEAL WITH THEM..... AND THEN, WE FEED THEM A GOOD BREAKFAST AND THINK WE'RE DOING A GOOD JOB....
WE NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH OUR CHILDREN....PEOPLE NEED TO SLOW DOWN - TAKE LESS TIME FOR THEMSELVES....ESPECIALLY WORKING PARENTS.....WHERE IS THE QUALITY TIME?? GET THE KIDS OUT OF THE WAY.....GET ON THE PHONE OR INTERNET.....WE ARE THE ME GENERATION AND THE KIDS LEARN FROM WHAT THEY SEE IN THEIR HOMES.......THE MAGIC WORDS WERE " IN MANY CASES"
BUT, NOT IN MOST! YOU'RE RIGHT THAT GIVEN THE OPTION MOST KIDS WOULD EAT DOUGHNUTS FOR BREAKFAST & NOT DO HOMEWORK.... (AND GIVEN THE OPTION MOST KIDS WOULD NOT WANT TO INGEST DRUGS EITHER BUT, ARE THEY GIVEN THAT OPTION? ) DO WE SIT AND EAT BREAKFAST WITH OUR CHILDREN??? AND HAVE CONVERSATION WITH THEM?? DO PARENTS TAKE PART IN HOMEWORK TIME ANYMORE??? MY PARENTS DID......NO, WE DON'T HAVE THE TIME, RIGHT? SO WE JUST ASK? "DID YOU DO YOUR HOMEWORk?" AND THEN WE GET UPSET WHEN THEIR GRADES ARE POOR.
I'M SURE THAT THERE ARE KIDS OUT THERE WHO MAY BENEFIT FROM SHORT TERM "DRUGGING" BUT, THIS IS BECOMING A WAY OF LIFE....AN EASY WAY OUT.....MOST CHILDREN WILL OUTGROW THESE LEARNING DIFFICULTIES AND GO ON TO LEAD PRODUCTIVE LIVES....IF YOU JUST GIVE THEM THAT CHANCE.
LET'S WORK ON OUR PARENTING SKILLS AND GET TEACHERS WHO ARE QUALIFIED TO DEAL WITH "REAL" CHILDREN AND NOT DRUG INDUCED ZOMBIES.

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