Like so many places,--the entire school district of Dallas Texas now has free
meals for all students.How do you create self-sufficient people when
they grow up seeing their parent/s, not being able to feed them, and collect
from the government?
We use the terms "self-sufficient" and "self-reliant" too
frequently around here. This tends to produce selfishness, arrogance,
antisociality, disdain for those who are different, and denying benefits to
others while ignoring the benefits we receive ourselves."Self-sufficiency" is only the illusory hubris of the Greek tragic
hero or of the people in the Biblical cautionary tale who thought they could get
to heaven through their bricklaying ability.No man is an island. We
must recognize and remember our dependence and reliance on others and express
gratitude. We depend on God, to whom we owe all we have and are, whose mercy and
grace sustain us, to whom we pray for daily bread. We depend on those who went
before us, whose heritage gives us identity and possibility. We depend on our
fellow men in countless ways.Prudence, personal responsibility, and
provident living are vitally important principles. When we talk about being
"self-sufficient" or "self-reliant" the intended message often
really deals with those true principles. We need to be careful lest the false
terminology subvert the truth of the message.
The terms "self-sufficient" or "self-reliant" means you are a
contributor, not government supported dregs. The current K-12 system has fallen
into a wonderful "Dr. Spock" attitude that everyone is special and no
one is a loser. That is not real life and not the habit of the business world.
While looking for ways to give the best education possible students must also
learn that reward comes from achievement. It's not right to tell a student
he is good at science because that is what he likes when he really an achiever
at mechanics is not beneficial to his long term success for happiness.Also parenting is a 24-7 job that never ends. It is not a secondary
responsibility. Children are not like some half-wanted pet that can be disposed
of by pawning them of on the Humane Society. They are a lifelong commitment that
you mold into your best achievement with love and understanding.
@Prodicus: "Self-sufficient" and "self-reliant",
doesn't mean dependence.IMO, it's means being
responsible, and intelligent with the resources around you.
Anyone else notice that they used a photo of a private school graduation for a
public school article? Bazinga!
I'm going to blow you all away. I've taught school for 25 years and
most of my students have turned out alright. Even the ones that didn't get
the best grades. Some have had some bumps in the road, some have had some ups
and downs and trials and tribulations. But for the most part, they made it in
life. They find jobs, get married, raise children, pay taxes and mostly obey
the law. I don't think we're as doomed as one thinks...