Guest opinion: Moral education could help troubled Utah teens

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  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 19, 2019 9:27 a.m.

    I like Benny. A very good man.

  • DontTR3@DonM3 Tooele, UT
    April 16, 2019 9:12 a.m.

    Wow, this is a rare moment where I agree with Impartial.

    Disclaimer: My oldest child is slightly younger and not quite to this stage in life, but I am open enough to my own faults as a parent to say that I might/will need a "parent ranch" at some point in my life.

    I certainly have my flaws as a father, but I have found that my flaws are largely magnified when I'm not fully engaged with my kids during their challenges. Perhaps time will change my perspective as they get older. But when I'm engaging my children with their problems and helping them find solutions, my relationship with them is better, in the "moment", after we've worked it out. After enough of these "moments", hopefully lasting change should be seen.

    The moral and ethical education side of this issue - from a public perspective - is a much different question. Whose morals, whose ethics are being taught? Where and how are they being taught? Now, ideally, the parent would be doing this.

    I know that the biggest issue I had in my life with my parents growing up is that I didn't feel like we were on the same page, and by the time I felt we were, what my parents thought/tried to teach, had little impact on me.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 16, 2019 8:10 a.m.

    "In Utah, troubled youths benefit from a plethora of residential treatment options. The environment here is welcoming to such centers, which benefit from being located in rustic, distraction-free settings, as well as laws allowing parents more say over their teenagers’ care."

    The author should include a "caution" statement. Many of these places are banned in other states. Utah has very lax oversight, regulation and certification requirements. Many of these places are owned/operated by Utah lawmakers and former lawmakers which explains the lack of regulation. Also, they'll take anyone with the money or insurance (very expensive). Some parents use these places as a "You fix my kid" solution. These kids didn't get to that point overnight. Perhaps there should be "Parent ranches" for people that don't put in the effort to raise their own kids properly.