Generation Born 2008
What Are We Teaching Our Children?
In 2025, children born in 2007 will be 18. Oh, I know, this is a very easy math problem. But, because my granddaughter was born in 2007, I have began to entertain what her future will be like. This grandmother has heavy concerns.
The following subject matter I cover shows an upswing in: children who lack patiences, children with "gimme" attitude, more child abuse, child obesity, increase in childhood diseases, teen violence and pre-teen violence, parental disrespect, .....Parents, grandparents are we raising our children?
WE WILL NEED.... to consider what we are teaching our children and how we teach it. We need to assure that reading is a key influence so that we better prepare them for the never increasing world of information. They will need the appropriate tools in which to process the information they come in contact with.
I also believe our children will need to acquire bilinigual skills at an early age. Just to stay up with the other children and in the future to obtain jobs. There are so many benefits to being bilinigual.
Now as I think of the generation born 2008...look at what they are getting stuck with! The U.S. Debt that has been created recently from the bailout package is tremendous. I just don't see how my grandchildren and great grandchildren will be able to pay for all of it. Don't we want life to be better for our children? I don't necessarily want it to be easy...but better opportunities. How will our kids be able to afford a home? Higher education? Their own children?
I, as an mom, grandmother, a citizen of the United States, I feel like I have to be on my toes when it comes to our political representatives. I don't have much faith in the current administration...nor much in the last one. The lack of information or the cover up of information is very worrisome. You just don't know what they are going to do next. I don't feel our representatives are representing me, average citizen. They certainly are not representing what is best for my children!
Sex Education and Elementary School Children
Think Queerly! Are They Kidding?
Bill Ayers' 'gay' agenda for your kids
Posted: October 13, 2008
1:00 am Eastern
By Linda Harvey
Editor's warning: Some readers may take offense to graphic content in this column.
About eight years ago, while researching the astonishing rise of homosexual-positive programs and curricula in schools, I came across a book called "Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling" by William J. Letts IV and James T. Sears.
It's a collection of essays by radicals in the teaching profession, who believe adults and small children must be taught to "think queerly." The book's foreword was written by Kevin Jennings, then president of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, whose core mission is to convince as many troubled kids as possible to declare themselves homosexual and start "gay" clubs in their schools, assisted by activist on-site teachers and the ACLU, and unopposed by clueless school boards.
What jumped off the back cover of this book was the name of one of its endorsers: William Ayers of the University of Illinois at Chicago. I remembered Bill Ayers' name from the 60s bomb-throwing group, the Weathermen. At the time, that was all his name meant to me.
But as this election drama unfolds, the Ayers connection with this despicable movement to sexualize our kids needs to be examined closely. Spellbound people are drawn to Barack Obama and are choosing to ignore key elements of his ideological pedigree. We need to bring this aspect of Ayers/Obama radicalism into the foreground. Ayers is not just a terrorist who attacked government buildings. He's an advocate of revolution in America by indoctrinating and sexually corrupting the next generation.
Remember his comments about smashing monogamy? Remember his confession in the New York Times article on 9/11 about the Weathermen's sexual experimentation, including his own sex with his male best friend? Ayers is a recognized authority on "social justice" education. It's time we uncovered what that really means.
Ayers' blurb is the first one listed on the back cover. It says:
Queering Elementary Education is an important contribution to nourishing the ethical heart of teaching, reminding us how anemic and cold and partial our embrace of our students has too often been. For some readers this collection will be an affirmation, for others a surprise and challenge. But it is a book for all teachers and parents, indeed for anyone concerned with the healthy development of children and schools. And, yes, it has an agenda: it stands straight and strong for fairness, for respect, for humanity, for simple decency...
What constitutes "simple decency" in this book is quite a stretch from what Joe and Helen Average American might call decency. Obama was the first chairman of Ayers' Chicago Annenberg Challenge, so one can safely assume they share quite a few ideas about children and educating about "social justice."
"Queering" includes essays about the need to affirm "sissy boys" in middle school, re-educating parents who object to teaching grade-schoolers about homosexual-headed families, in spite of the fact that some critics are the "rabid and self-appointed moral police" and the benefit of classrooms that don't observe Mother's Day or Father's Day. Another author, discussing "queer theory," tells us that "presumed heterosexuality" is an artifact of oppression." Thus, we get down to some specifics about so-called social justice education.
Other authors illustrate the need to use songs about homosexuality in grade schools ("Mama, What's a Dyke?"), and the need to incorporate literature into the curriculum that affirms comfortable friendships between young boys and adult homosexual men.
One of the most revealing essays in "Queering Elementary Education" tells us about a young girl named Steph. Her mom writes the essay describing the benefits of 8-year-old Steph's world of "mobility and ambiguity." Steph "attends queer events with her parents' friends," and "her father is now primary caregiver supported by a network of multicultural and multisexual friends."
Steph's mom relates a conversation with Steph about what's missing from her sex education classes at school: "... the clitoris!" For by the time she was 7, Steph was "taught that it is the clitoris that gives her pleasure when she masturbates." Of course, this isn't surprising, since in another passage, Steph and her mother agree that, while watching a group of young girls, they are both attracted to the same 12-year-old. Steph has a teen girlfriend who regularly stays at their house for sleepovers who has confided she's a lesbian.
Children need to challenge any environment that is too "heteronormative, Anglocentric and phallocentric," according to Steph's mom, who sees that "'queerly raised' children are agents" using "strategies of adaptation, negotiation, resistance and subversion."
This book isn't the only involvement Ayers has with the pro-homosexual school agenda. He's an advocate within the profession of standards to force "LGBTQ" priorities on schools - that's " lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning." Again, this often falls under the umbrella of "social justice."
In 2007, a group from the American Educational Research Association, or AERA, including Ayers, demanded major accrediting organization for schools, colleges, and departments of education include categories of "social justice, sexual orientation and gender identity" in its standards. Ayers and colleagues called their effort "Call to Action: A RED Campaign for Social Justice and Queer Lives." Ayers, formerly vice president for curriculum of the AERA, was the spokesman on behalf of the effort, calling on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE, to include these categories.
What would an Obama administration do? The record shows that Obama supported Illinois Senate Bill 99 in 2003, which, despite denials by Obama and false claims by the mainstream media, was not a bill to protect children from sexual predators. It was a sweeping, comprehensive sex-education bill that lowered the age of instruction from sixth grade to kindergarten, gutted an abstinence emphasis and prohibited "bias" based on "sexual orientation." The term "sexual predator" is nowhere in the bill, with inappropriate touching by peers included in a laundry list of the many aspects of explicit sex ed.
Would all schools in the U.S., under the muscle of an Obama administration, be forced to drill youth in the talking points of "gay" sex and gender-switching, calling it "justice"? Would Ayers' idea that America is an oppressive regime with way too much heterosexuality become a core tenet of your child's value system?
Someone needs to ask Obama how he defines social justice teaching to children. What will be the specifics of the next version of "No Child Left Behind"?
And let's hope he will tell us the truth before Election Day.
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CALIFORNIA VOTERS - PROTECT MARRIAGE - Protect Our Children
SACRAMENTO - The Protectmarriage.com - Yes on 8 campaign today challenged Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell and the No on 8 campaign to a live, televised debate this weekend so voters can learn the truth about the issue of gay marriage being taught in California public schools. The Yes on 8 Campaign, in a letter from Campaign Manager Frank Schubert to No on 8 Campaign Manager Steve Smith, said the more substantive forum will settle the issue once and for all and prove that gay marriage will be taught in public schools if Proposition 8 fails.
Do you believe children will be taught about gay marriage if Proposition 8 fails?
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!
NAG, NAG, NAG!
Are we teaching children to be grateful and generous OR are we teaching and encouraging our children to respond with, "give to me; I want now" attitudes.
Many of us have experienced a Christmas morning where children tear into packages with such vigor only to toss them aside for another, and another. If it isn't the exact requested item they quickly display their dislike and inform us of our lack of caring or interest for their needs and desires. Dr. Bill Maier, psychologist @ Focus on the Family and father of two, states in December 2006 Focus on the Family newsletter, the following:
Greedy - "In a materialistic, consumer oriented culture, we face a real challenge in teaching thankfulness and contentment to children. They are conditioned to believe they are entitled to everything they want-now! Kids have also come to believe they should always get the biggest and the best."
As parents, we need to cultivate character traits such as thankfulness, generosity and self-sacrifice. Dr. Maier continues to explains: "The Center for a New American Dream reports another disturbing trend know as the nag factor. Its recent surveys found that nearly 60 percent of kids nag their parents for a toy or a privilege even after being given a no. In fact, 10 percent of all 12 and 13-year-olds admit they will beg their parents more than 50 times for products they've seen on TV.
Can Anything Good Come Out Of This?
Grand Theft Auto IV. Or, Have You Heard Of Operant Conditioning?
The Parents Television Council is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.
Here is what PTC has to say about Grand Theft Auto IV:
"Television is the most powerful medium in the world. It can be a wonderful way to educate, inspire, and entertain America's children. Sadly it's doing the opposite and undermining the positive values parents are trying to instill in their young ones."
Grand Theft Auto IV: Liberty City, rated 'M' (Mature).
"The Grand Theft Auto games include constant graphic violence and sexual situations. In past versions, players could re-enact having sex with a prostitute, beating her bloody, taking her money and running her over with a car; shooting at police officers; and, by using a code easily accessible on many internet sites, having a realistic sexual encounter on screen -- complete with audio commentary. This modification in the 2005 game was not disclosed to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) when they classified the game M, which carried a suggested age of 17 and up for purchase.
"This brutally violent video game must be kept out of the hands of children, and we are calling on all major retailers to reconsider any decisions to sell this game. Since the first version was released in 1997, the Grand Theft Auto series has lowered the bar for graphic and grotesque video game content," said PTC President Tim Winter.
CALLING ALL SQUIDOO MOMS AND DADS...
Ok all moms and dads out in Squidoo world...what could possibly be good about this type of game? There is so much violence in our world today (just watch the news or read the papers), who needs to perpetrate (simulate) such hostility. What possible value can come from playing these games.
If we can be influenced by our peers, the things that happen around us, then I believe with can be influenced, negatively, by violent video games. At minimum, I would think these games could elevate ones anger. Could it not possibly cause us to be less considerate, less tolerate, speak less respectfully to others? How can we be motivated to "build" others up by such feedback? Please know what your children, especially young children, are playing and watching.
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American Psychological Association (web site)
Date: April 23, 2000
Contact: Pam Willenz
Public Affairs Office
VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES CAN INCREASE AGGRESSION
May Be More Harmful Than Violent Television and Movies Because of the Interactive Nature of the Games.
"WASHINGTON - Playing violent video games like Doom, Wolfenstein 3D or Mortal Kombat can increase a person's aggressive thoughts, feelings and behavior both in laboratory settings and in actual life, according to two studies appearing in the April issue of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Furthermore, violent video games may be more harmful than violent television and movies because they are interactive, very engrossing and require the player to identify with the aggressor, say the researchers."
* From author Tom Neven.
Look at what Tom writes about David Grossman, a retired Army psychologist.
"Operant Conditioning: A Study of Killing
How did we get to such a state of affairs? David Grossman, a retired Army psychologist, has written extensively about the process that takes immature, untrained teens and turns them into killers. His research, called "killology," is documented in his Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. Grossman's book describes how the military confronted a unique problem: Not enough of its soldiers were actually shooting their weapons in battle. Studies after the Civil War and World Wars I and II found that a relatively small number of soldiers - as few as 15 percent - actually fired at the enemy. "Obviously, you can't have that situation in war," he says.
The military realized that simply learning to shoot at a round bull's-eye did not condition soldiers to the battlefield reality of sighting on another human being and taking a life. There was a psychological barrier that had to be overcome. "Hardwired into the brains of most healthy members of most species is a response against killing their own kind," Grossman explains. By using human-shaped pop-up targets and other means, the military was able to desensitize soldiers to the act of aiming at a human shape, which increased the firing rate to as high as 90 percent by the Vietnam War.
With the invention of video game technology, the military began to use this equipment to further train its soldiers. The Marine Corps, for example, adapted a version of the popular game Doom to hone Marines' reactions in a combat environment. In many ways, video games, particularly first-person shooting games, exactly mimic the process used by the military. Teens (including the gunmen at Columbine High School) log countless hours with these same games - but without the discipline that comes from military training and, obviously, without any need to develop these skills in the first place.
The psychological process involved in this type of training is called "operant conditioning." Not only is the mind desensitized to a certain level of violence and to the process of sighting on an enemy, but the shooter also develops the muscle memory necessary to become an expert marksman. Grossman cites the example of one school shooter, Michael Carneal, who fired into a group of students at a high school in Paducah, Ky., in 1997.
"The kid had never fired an actual pistol in his life," says Grossman, who was an expert witness at Carneal's trial. The teen stole a .22-caliber pistol from a neighbor's house and practiced with two clips of ammo the previous night. That was the sole extent of his marksmanship training - at least with live ammo. "But he'd been on the simulator for nearly a lifetime," Grossman says. The boy's family had converted their two-car garage into a playroom lined with point-and-shoot arcade games, a genre Grossman calls "murder simulators."
* Tom Neven is an author, editor, and former Marine who served seven years as an M-60 machine gunner and a U.S. embassy guard in Africa and Europe. He covered the first Gulf War for The Marine Corps Gazette, and has written for The Washington Post, Rocky Mountain News, Time-Life, and others. After serving six years as editor of Focus on the Family magazine, he is now senior editor of Focus's Plugged In magazine/Web site. He and his wife live in Colorado Springs.
Kids Become What They Watch!
VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES SETTING THE MORALS OF KIDS? - Our we encouraging disrespect, insensitivity, selfishness, ???
Please give your opinion.
Are violent video games setting the moral standards of our children? Are we teaching kids to kill? Teaching disrespect for our fellow man? Encouraging Insensitivity, lack of accountability, self-centeredness.....minimum disrespect?
Some Times We Need To Be Pointed to The Right Source!
Dr. Richard Gallager, Child and Adolescent Psychologist at the NYU Child Study Center
Specialty Areas: ADHD, Anxiety, Organizational Skills, Parenting. You will find Dr. Gallager at Visit About Our Kids!
Clubhouse Jr. Magazine - Ages 4 to 8
Looking for healty entertaining material for your young children? Try clubhouse Jr. Magazine via Focus on the Family. "Faith-filled fun for youngsters. Creative stories, fascinating articles, puzzles, craft ideas and more are packed into each issue of Clubhouse Jr. magazine."
And, don't forget. In every thing, we need humor. That is why God created the Erma Bombeck's of life.
A section quoted from her book: While Erma was interviewing for a baby sitter, she came across Debbie, an eleven-year-old. She asked of her, "First, tell me what you would do if a child refused to go to bed."
"I would threaten to eat him!" she said, blowing a large bubble from her gum.
"Very good. Now, how much liquid do you give a child younger than six before putting him to bed?"
"When they complain of being thirsty, you mist the plants on their window sill and tell them to inhale deeply."
"Wonderful," I nodded. "Now, here's a toughie. What do you do when one of your charges pushes a coin up his nose?"
She thought a moment. "What denomination is the coin?"
"For a dime," she said, "I wouldn't lose my place in the book I'm reading. For a bill, I might get out the vacuum sweeper and suck it out."
This is a must read!
Parents Helping Parents
People Helping People
This great organization (PHP) allows for the WHOLE family the ability to heal. Age is not a factor. They provide resources and support to the young infant and to those older children who may still experience problems into their 50s and 60s.
PHP has been around for 30 years. It is a nonprofit public agency. It services special needs children and their families. Here are a few of the special needs they provide services for: illness, cancer, accidents, birth defects, neurological conditions, premature birth, learning or physical disabilities, mental health issues, and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder.
"Parents are a child's greatest resource. The needs of the child are inseparable from that of the parents. Reinforcing and building upon parental strengths is an unsurpassed means to meet the needs of the child. Parents Helping Parents expands the strengths of families through mutual support."
~ Mary Hudler, California Director of Special Education
12 Easy Rules of Making a Child into a Delinquent
1. Begin at infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way, he will grow up to believe the world owes him a living.
2. When he picks up bad language, laugh at him. This will make him think he's cute.
3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he is 21, and then let him 'decide for himself'.
4. Avoid the use of the word 'wrong'. It may develop a guilt complex. This will condition him to believe later, when he is arrested for stealing a car, that society is against him and he is being persecuted.
5. Pick up everything he leaves lying around - books, shoes, and clothes. Do everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility on others.
6. Let him read any printed matter he can get his hands on. Be careful that the silver ware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let his mind feast on garbage.
7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way, they will not be too shocked when the home is broken up later.
8. Give a child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his own. Why should he have things as tough as you had them?
9. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink and comfort. See that every sensual desire is gratified. Denial may lead to harmful frustration.
10. Take his side against neighbors, teachers, and policemen. They are prejudiced against your child.
11. When he gets into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, "I never could do anything with him."
12. Prepare for a life of grief. You will most likely have it.
Credit: This was taken from a circular issued by the Houston Police Department (quoted in print).
I truly felt this list was worth sharing with all those who have or will be involved in raising children. Sometimes we must look at what not to do so that we have a better understand of what needs to be done.
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And, Then There Is Drugs.
Why Are We Losing Teens To Drugs?
Even good intentions are not always the best approach. Did you see the commercial (mentioned below) on television?
In a televised Public Service Announcement sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, sibling tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams shared the secrets of their success. According to the champs, their triumphs in tennis would not have been achieved had they used illegal drugs. The punch line was: "The decision is yours. Make the right one."
But, since when is it just a personal decision whether or not to obey the law?
This same skewed message -- that drug use is a matter of personal choice -- is what is taught in most of the school-based drug-prevention programs funded by the federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) Act. (Pub.L. 103-382) This is in spite of the fact that Section 4132 of the SDFSC Act clearly mandates that "Drug prevention programs supported under this part shall convey a clear and consistent message that the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs is wrong and harmful."
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Linking the Family Together
Raising a child and caring for a family requires quality time and quality resources. Through my links, I hope I have provided so new and usuable information for my readers, their families and friends.
- People With Similar Interest Meeting-Up
World's largest network of self-organized clubs and community groups.
- Children With Special Needs
Public benefit agency that meets the needs of one of our community's most vulnerable populations - children with any special need and their families.
- About Our Kids
Child Study Center: The Center was founded in 1997 to improve the treatment of child psychiatric disorders through scientific practice, research, and education, and to eliminate the stigma of being or having a child with a psychiatric disorder.
- Bella Online
A Voice of Women.
Addressing the Internet ....
What's On Your Screen?
I love the Internet. I can sit down with my cup of coffee and go visit anywhere in the world. Also, to me this is an absolute remarkable tool for those who are "shut-in" for whatever reason. BUT, I am a realist and I have seen the DANGERS of the Internet, especially for young, imformative minds.
There are tools to help filter...but you must use them. There are rules that can be set...but you must stick to them. And, finally, there is the SWITCH...remember the one that turns it off? And don't forget the old saying, "monkey see, monkey do".
I am been blessed with a beautiful, smart, granddaughter. I've recently had some quality time with her and watching her grow at 12 thru 15 month, I have been reminded how easily they "imitate" what we and others do. This lens has been an "eye opener" for me as well.
Purifier of Silver
Whose Child is This?
Malachi 3:3 says: 'He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.'
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.
One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining
As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: 'He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.'
She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time.
The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, 'How do you know when the silver is fully refined? 'He smiled at her and answered, 'Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it.'
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in
you. Pass this on right now. This very moment, someone needs to know that God is watching over them.
And, whatever they're going through, they'll be a better person in the end.
'Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.'
NOTE: credit: www.thefamily.com
WHOSE CHILD IS THIS?
"Whose child is this?" I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
"Mine," said the parent with a tender smile
"Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good And each day do the things he should"
"Whose child is this?" I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in
"Mine," said the teacher with the same tender smile
"Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school"
"Whose child is this?" I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
"Ours," said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
"Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever."
~~ Author Unknown ~~
Out of the Mouth of Babes!
Children Now - California Based Organization
Report Card - How Our Children Are Doing.
Since 1988, this organization has been reporting on the overall educational growth of the child. In 2008, the state reports: Generally poor health and education status of the state's children. If one were to assign a letter grade, they would give such as a C to health insurance, a C- in K-12 education and a D+ in obesity.
"These issues are undermining children's optimal development and putting the state's future at undue risk by dramatically increasing the financial costs and societal problems faced by future generations."
The report continues to state, "The most current and comprehensive set of indicators of California children's health and education status are presented in the report, including:
Only 47% of 3- and 4-year-olds attend preschool;
One in three children is overweight or obese;
Just 65% graduate from high school on time;
37% of children, ages 2-5, did not visit a dentist within the last year;
Fewer than half of families can afford the basics of housing, child care, food,
health insurance and transportation."
FOR MORE INFORMATION, visit www.childrennow.org
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- Training & Education for the Children of the World
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- Parents TV
Education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.
- Children Now
Children Now is a national organization for people who care about children and want to ensure that they are the top public policy priority.
- Connecting Physician and Patient
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Psychological cost of learning to kill.
- Kellogg Foundation
Our Children, Our Mission, Our Future.
- Child Care Network
National Network for Child Care - excellent resource. You can find accrediated articles on just about any concern you have regarding your child. This is a must - CHECK IT OUT.