Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

One of my FB friends reports “They’re taking wall clocks out of classrooms now because no one can read them.

The problem is, there are no more nuclear families. Parents do not remain together. Many young people don’t know anything about building a real marriage and the real meanings of love have never crossed their mind. The single parent ignores the child and teaches him/her nothing.

I do not know anything about baseball, foot ball or playing cards. I never visited a prostitute. At age 22 I walked into a strippers bar, looked around, and left. I have never used illicit drugs. I’m not very good with fishing and don’t know how to handle a rifle very well. I’ve never hunted animals. In other words, for the most part, I was taught to use my time wisely.

Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

My TWO parents living together taught me to read the clock, tie my shoes, wash myself, I learned basic hygiene,

I learn to cook and later to can fruits and vegetables,

I learned to clean the house, and kill a mouse, and stoke the furnace with coal.

My eyesight was so bad no one realized I couldn’t see the printed page until I was age 7. Then they got glasses for me. That summer Mom taught me to read! She helped me with arithmetic, and years later encouraged me as I was learning touch typing.

I learned a little wood working, a little plumbing, interior and exterior house painting, wall paper hanging, house cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, gutter and roof maintenance, and how to install and remove storm windows…. and I did most of that without my mother telling me to do it or saying “good going” when I was done. It was expected of me. I was becoming a man. Men WORK for their living!!!

I learned to solder and with Dad’s help built a radio. Mom pushed us to learn to play the piano. Mom taught me more of music and Dad helped me with my first dramatic reading. I had to read a poem before the class and he coached me about timing. Later we were in a choir together. I was learning to sing in an organized group.

I learned some about the care for cats, dogs, and chickens, and raising and harvesting a garden, washing and drying clothing, removing stains, more about cooking and cleaning as I’m cooking.

I learned a little bit of tailoring, dry cleaning, customer service, personal finance, business management, banking, basics of how the stock market worked.

We discussed Jewish and Christian theology, life philosophy, and the way to be wise and make smart choices.

I learned to handle a motor boat and later a sail boat. Of course I learned to care for a wood boat all through the year, and later learned to care for rope, sails, and spars. I received swimming and rowing lessons and became a Junior Life Guard. 

Mr. Brown at the Boy Scouts taught us to tramp and camp and build a fire and take care of ourselves in the woods.

I learned to do a little bit with a toy chemistry set and saw bacteria for the first time under a microscope, almost all of this at home from my two parents…. who were faithful to one another all of their lives.

I was not always a good boy. I was a bit ill mannered and undiplomatic, and certainly socially confused, but I sorted many things out about people, society and life beginning around age 17 as my personality development matured. I’m far from perfect. I have a Long way to go to be a proper gentleman.

But my point is….

If the kids can’t read, write, or find Washington DC on a map…

…or imagine they can build a bridge from LA to Honolulu, and if they cannot speak both English and a second language,

If they have no idea why their clothing gets mildewed

or what to do with a skin infection….

The problem is NOT with the school The problem is with a LACK OF PARENTING.

My Word, What a concept!

Parenting is a lot more than the biological act and a great many have no idea how to be parents, maintain a home and be decent civilized people.

Go back to churches. Demand your Pastors speak the truth and teach the truth. If they won’t, REPLACE THEM!  Get the truth. Teach home economics and proper nutrition, proper baby care, exercise, physical fitness, and how to live a real life.

ONE LAST IMPORTANT THING:  Many of my friends also learned many skills at home and when they were called up to war, they saluted smartly and followed orders…God Bless Them! We still need women and men like them today!

If the kids cannot read and tie their shoes, teach them how to do it! Teach yourself the deepest meaning of The Proverb.


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