DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE?

Roger's View from the Hills

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IT’S TEN O’CLOCK; DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE?
“IF YOU BUNGLE RAISING YOUR CHILDREN, I DON’T THINK
WHATEVER ELSE YOU DO MATTERS VERY MUCH.”
Jackie Kennedy

One of the Television stations in Wichita would make this announcement just as the Ten O’clock News was starting. That was in the day that television stations could do well meaning reminders to parents that they needed to be having some rules so their children did not get into trouble.
Yet today when so much violence and trouble is thrown at us every day, have you noticed how so many tragedies happen late at night or very early in the morning? Time after time a tragedy happens when kids are on their own, on the street. Many times it is that they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes the little angels are the ones in the middle of the trouble.
If you as a parent want to let the kids find their own way with no guidance or responsibility, you are or will learn the hard lesson that not setting the rules costs. It appalls me to see children hurt or killed and worse; so many times it is at two in the morning.
It also is tragic that smart and well brought up kids go to college and turn into educated idiots and worse, activists! Our educational system has been hijacked over a period of one hundred years. Is it not time for the parent to learn a lesson?
More than once I have had a sad parent tell me that the children that were raised right, brought up in faith, and very talented were changed by the education that they received in the college or university settings. So badly were their kids taught to turn against all that they had been raised to be, that there could not even be conversations between them. Some in tears tell me about the venom that comes from the kids.
What hurts even worse is the fact that the parent paid for the re-education of their kids. The cost keeps going up and the return keeps going down. Then I have also had people who got those educations and took out loans to get them, tell me about the debt that they are still trying to pay off.
Take my friend Fred, he made it through university and has his Masters Degree. Fred now teaches in a public school and can see his retirement down the road. He is two thirds through accruing his retirement from the KEPRS state retirement system. And he is still paying on his student loans. He has raised three children to adulthood and still is paying off his loan.
What does it take to stop some of the madness? It all comes to the purse strings. Overpriced institutions will never get any more efficient or straighten their priorities until the money stops flowing in. We can never get control of the schools until the purse strings are cut.
There also needs to be a practical point that if a student is taking classes and getting degree in areas that have absolutely no career value. Until you as a taxpayer and parent do not retake your role as parents, we can count on more tragedies and families torn apart.

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