Recently one of the internet sites had a poem written by an elementary school girl with an illustration of the mother on the floor and the child by her side as a vampire with blood on her lips. Description of the caricature, even now, is difficult to express in words, and easy to understand the response of those that saw the site. The child wanted the mother to know how much she hated going to the private academy for more study after school.
were so many and so critical of the site that the publishing company
apologized and withdrew all contents, Children are not as conscious of
what others will think, but honestly and simply express their inner
feelings-- in this case difficult for adults to accept.
college dean writes about the problems faced by the children in our
educational system in the View from the Ark of the Catholic Times. He gives us another example of an essay written for a daily paper
by a child who expresses the stress that students experience and wants
the parents to know this is the reason for the suicides, and laments
that the children are like sponges, made to absorb repeated stress.
who frequent these private, after school academies, face a continual
barrage of slogans that make the time at the academies stressful and
fuel the competitive spirit in learning. Each day they are
exhausted by the studies and repulsed by what they will continue to
face, and a reason they turn to their smart phones for relief. Fear of
being a drop out in our society is present, and a reason for suicides.
Our columnist tells us the day of the
geniuses has come to an end, and we are in the time of the creative
thinker. No matter the conditions, they are prepared. They can
accept failure and frustration with their fighting spirit. They can
adapt to any situation and become close to any person. Education you
see, considers marks important but the education you don't see fosters leadership, creativity and sacrifice. Competition is one form of
violence. Extreme competition instead of motivating for success will
Competition fosters academic cliques,
and ranking in society, an evil that militates against harmony. The educational system we have instead of fighting against the
evils in society has helped to increase the structural evils.
Development of society requires the mutual help of citizens and not
the elite of society acting as individualists.
we have more talk about the good results of play even in
theological thought. We are able to stimulate our senses, memories
are helped, language and emotional life, creativity and social
life is fostered. Before criticizing children for their behavior, we should give them a
place to work on liberating themselves from the demands made on them.
Since our teaching of religion has a goal to speak to the whole person,
and develop mature human beings-- this makes for a strong nation and church. Is there any pastoral work that is more important than this?