Would You Sit By and Let Your Children
Slowly Starve to Death?
By Linda Dobson
I can almost hear what you’re thinking. Linda’s flipped her ever-lovin’ lid. Why in the world would she ask parents if they’d watch their children slowly starve to death? Of course they wouldn’t. Their love for their children would cause them to instantly intervene. For starters, they’d get their children out of the situation causing the children to slowly starve to death. Next, they’d find out what the children want to eat, then move heaven and earth to get it for them. The parents would lovingly prepare the sustenance, and feed the children the appropriate amount in the appropriate way, offering kind encouragement throughout repeated feedings.
Children Slowly Starve to Death By Schooling
So why is it, then, that so many parents who wouldn’t dream of letting children slowly starve to death in relation to food don’t recognize when their children’s minds and spirits are daily starved to death by schooling?
Once upon a time, very few noticed that schooling (not education, but schooling) was the cause for many of the problems that children faced. Today, however, we’ve reached a tipping point with numbers of families who suspected schooling might be the root of the problem, so they’ve gotten “their children out of the situation causing the children to slowly starve to death.”
Next, these families “find out what the children want to eat, then move heaven and earth to get it for them.” Just as a starving body begins to heal when it receives the proper nourishment, so, too, do children’s minds and spirits heal when they receive the nourishment they need. This is easier for some parents than others. Moving heaven and earth to provide needed nutrition typically requires that the family change their priorities, schedules, spending habits and more to make it happen, not unlike the parent who may have to stay up all night to provide a small but steady stream of food to starving children.
Re-Nourishing Minds and Spirits to Not Have Children Slowly Starve to Death
It takes time and attention so that “parents could lovingly prepare the sustenance, and feed the children the appropriate amount in the appropriate way, offering kind encouragement throughout repeated feedings.” Your children’s minds and spirits are worthy of equal time and attention. Just as there is no one quick fix for starving children, there are no quick fixes to repair the damage of schooling to minds and spirits.
With Time and Attention Miracles Happen
I leave it to you, dear reader, to do more research about the mind and spirit injuries of schooling, and to track down more first person accounts of what happens when parents decide their children’s minds and spirits aren’t going to slowly starve to death. However, I’m sharing just two right here because they are so recent.
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but taking Anthony out of school was NOT one of them… He’s so much happier now, and his deep depression is gone! It’s hard to believe that school can do that, but it’s not the building.. it’s the people that cause it to go so horribly wrong! Anthony has been bullied all of his life in school, and to say it’s a miracle he’s still living isn’t a stretch! I’ve read about these children who have ended it all, and they did it for so much LESS than he’s had it! I thank God every day he’s still here! Bullying is serious and parents need to listen!
One day about 3 weeks later, while I was writing to a reading expert, whose work I was reading, JAT came to me and asked me how they knew that Mount Everest was the highest mountain. I told him they had ways of measuring mountains and that we would search to learn more about that as soon as I finished the letter. I continued writing… then I stopped. How did he know that Mount Everest was the highest mountain? I went to find him on the couch looking at a book about Sir Edmund Hillary and his climb. There, under a picture, was a caption telling that Mount Everest was one of the highest mountains in the world. He has understood that piece of information. But yet, he could not identify the difference between the letters H and V. How was this possible?
Read the entire wonder-filled story, “When School Left My Child Behind” at The Innovative Educator
You have options and, no matter how old your children are, time is running short. While these stories sound like miracles, they’re not. They simply reveal what happens when ordinary parents refuse to sit by and let children slowly starve to death via schooling.