#4: The Top Ten Rules That Children Learn in School That May Handicap Their Future: #4

19 Nov

If you’re a parent or adult or teacher or perhaps all three. then you have probably already realized what it is that will wear kids out, and their chance for a bright and happy future,  faster than just simply growing older, just like it has most probably worn you out. The rules! And the fact that in adulthood where kids are going and where you’ve been, there are no rules.

The 4th rule that children learn in school that may handicap their future…

4Share. Share or suggest sharing in the adult world and you’ll quickly be shunned as a socialist or labeled non-assertive and someone with no business sense. The child who takes all of the blocks or crayons for his own use during his first day of kindergarten is chastised and admonished for his inability to share with others and is then reminded that all of the children need to use the blocks and crayons and that is why he can’t have them all for himself. That would be selfish… but once little Johnny grows up to be an adult he can have all of the blocks or buildings or money or resources that he wants while others go without anything and that’s fine with everyone else because that’s called being wealthy. And wealth means being rich while others are poor, being over fed while others go hungry, having many homes while many are homeless. It means having more than you need and NOT sharing. When you are an adult you CAN have all of the blocks even if that means not letting anyone else have any…and more often than not others will love, respect and fawn over you for this behavior not shun you like they were taught to do in Kindergarten.

Rule #5?…To be continued…

6 Responses to “#4: The Top Ten Rules That Children Learn in School That May Handicap Their Future: #4”

  1. Last evening I heard Warren Buffet talk about being a philanthropist and his idea that’s come about along with Bill and Melinda Gates. They formed an organization wherein to belong you must have at least one million dollars and you must be willing to give away half of your money before you die to a worthy charity. Nine philanthropist spoke briefly about the different organizations they contribute too, or charitable organizations they’ve started which have made the world a better place to live. Each individual was cheerful in their approach of sharing their wealth and seemed to feel good about what they were doing. An underlying philosophy each member shares is that our government will or cannot fund the projects that need taken care of.

  2. Mvschulze November 19, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    Before reading the above reply I was thinking “Along comes an exception: Warren, Bill and Melinda!” (one correction to the above comment: at least $1 BILLION is required to join the organization, not $1 million.) 50% of one’s net worth is the suggested minimum gifting.
    I like it, I like them and their determination. At the end of the TV piece last night, Mr. Buffet neatly mused how anyone could not be satisfied for life, with a mere $800 million or so (.08% of $1 Billion!) (I believe he is offering 99% of his fortune.) SO AT LEAST A FEW YOUNG CHILDREN’S TEACHINGS HAD THE DESIRED EFFECT!
    Thanks for the through provoking posts, M

  3. A Voice November 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I have yet to comment on this series of posts, though I’ve been reading each one. They all remind me very strongly of the poem I wrote, ‘A Heavy, Uncomfortable Truth’, and if I hadn’t already written that piece this series of posts would have compelled me to do so.

    There has always been badness in people but I don’t think there has ever been a society that has educated their young to be prey, teaching them the near exact opposite of what they need to know when they leave the shelter of school, what is needed in the world and how it works. We don’t need this hyper-aggression in the world, of course, but by denying it’s out there and teaching contradictory things children are vastly unprepared for adulthood.

    Am I wrong in contending that America is the only country that simply throws children into adulthood?

    • gpicone November 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

      Interesting thought. You might be right. I know that many of my students (poor minorities) are thrown into adulthood while still children which is a very sad, unfortunate and unfair…but all too common occurrence.

  4. avwalters November 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    I think that perhaps these rules apply only to a certain strata. I see plenty of kindness and generosity in my day to day–often by folks who are themselves on the thin side of strapped.

    • gpicone November 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      That is my point. Why are they strapped? I’m not suggesting that we abandon kindness and goodness and love but those ideas and the jobs that espouse them tend to lead us into that “strapped” condition and at the mercies of those who could care less about rules, regulations and righteousness.

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