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The tragic school shootings and the growing number of mindless acts of mayhem have stirred emotions and provoked debates about the root causes of these events. The most contentious aspects of the debates are the accessibility and the kinds of weapons used.

What is never mentioned or discussed are the principles and policies of the educational establishment that nurture an antipathy to making moral judgments and foster a mindset of inflated opinions and moral relativism. Students are taught that all lifestyles are equal even if they disagree with them and they should not discriminate between them. In other words “Do your own thing” and “Don’t judge me”.

Incorporated into the school curriculum is the dogma that students should be constantly praised how good they are regardless of whether their ideas or actions are praiseworthy or not. Awards for Excellence in competitive activities have been replaced by Certificates of Participation. This overabundance of juvenile “self-love” implants in the students an unjustifiable high opinion of themselves. They tend to become aggressive and even violent when confronted with criticism, disapproval or teasing.

There is a correlation of the escalation of school violence with the rise of “progressive” theories of education. Progressive education de-emphasizes learning a body of pre-established facts and information and replaces that with a child-centered approach that fosters a child’s self-expression and spontaneous impulses.

This theory holds that children do not learn by thinking but by feeling and doing. Teachers should not be authoritarian but facilitators and always praise students regardless whether they are right or wrong. As a result, students are dissuaded from making moral distinctions, fed a daily diet of an “I’m OK, you’re OK” philosophy, denied knowledge, and left with nothing but their “feelings” and “emotions.” Why are we surprised when they respond with acts of violence when things don’t go their way?

Guns and ignorance are a lethal combination. If we want to stop school violence and turn our schools into serious places of learning, we should restore a curriculum that emphasizes reason over emotions, knowledge over feelings, moral judgment over moral agnosticism and self-control over self-expression.

Ed Konecnik

Flushing

Posted 12:00 am, March 24, 2018
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Joe from Queens says:
The internet is the one who is changing the way kids think. By posting everything on the internet, you get a lot of copy cat crimes happening. They see something on the internet and think its a good idea and just do it. The internet really is a double edged sword that kills and helps at the same time. Also, parents should start taking responsibility for their kids actions. Im so tired of turning on the news and hear sob stories saying "he would never do that, he was a good boy or good girl", meanwhile the person can be caught on camera doing this and they will still say the same thing. If you see warning signs, you should get them help and stop ignoring them and brushing them off aa nothing. Remember guns don't kill people.... People kill people. If we don't look for behavior problems in our children, then devastating things can or will happen and you will be sorry for it when it does.
March 24, 6:45 pm

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