Teenagers Skipped School for the Beach
Teenagers Skipped School
Am I dreaming or what? Can someone please tell me that this is a not true ! This morning I woke up to the news that some aspiring graduates from some of our local high schools in London and Kitchener skipped the day from school last Friday to have a beach party. It is understood that these students rented a bus to take them to Grand Bend where they drank beer and booze all day.
According to an OPP officer, 84 students were charged with liquor related offences. 13 charges were drunk related. These students were charged with having open liquor in public, under- age drinking and drinking in public. Some were even transported by ambulances because they were vomiting and it was feared that they would have become more sick.
It was just last week that one Principal from a London high school raised the red flag at his graduating class, when they turned up at school wearing a T-shirt that was promoting drinking alcohol to the point where they would lose their mental capacity. He offered the graduates the option of turning in their T-shirts to administration; and they would be reimbursed the cost of their T- shirts. Some students protested and claimed that it was their right to do as they please because it was their graduation !
Where has Society Gone Wrong?
Did someone drop the ball at some stage along the way? Some parents think that they will be considered too strict, if they say “no” to their kids when they think that their kids are not making a good decision. Kids are no longer told that a behaviour is inappropriate because some parents want to be their children’s friends and buddies; instead of good role models. Other parents confess helplessly that their children would rather obey and please their friends rather than their parents. I think it is all about good parenting!
When Will Parents Step Up to The Plate?
When will parents step up to the plate and assume their God given role. The role of teaching their children values and principles that will make them into good law abiding citizens ! Parents also need to be good role models; not instructing their children to do one thing when they are doing the opposite of what they are asking their kids to do.
Children are Desperately Looking For Role Models
Chidren are sick and tired of adults and parents living double standard lives. They want to know and feel loved by the significant people in their lives. For too long, some parents have substituted toys, clothes, and the latest gadgets for spending quality time with their children. Children want to be disciplined, but only by those who do so lovingly and caringly. Deep down in their hearts they are searching for love, and sadly they go searching in the wrong places. They are searching for acceptance, and run to the wrong individuals – their peers !
What will Our Next Generation Be Like?
Are we preparing our kids to make worthwhile contribution to our the world? Teenagers who are taught how to make informed and wise decisions that is void of selfishness. Individuals who are taught to make decisions that are not based on their own selfish agendas, but rather those ones which will result in the overall good of mankind. It’s time for us to realize that we cannot leave the school to teach all those values that will result in molding the lives of our children to make a difference in our world. The knowledge that this generation of kids need goes far beyond mere academicachievement ! Come on parents let’s take our responsibility more seriously, before it is too late.
Value of Education
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