In the Bible, there is a proverb which states, “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” – Proverbs 13:24 (NIV) Now, if you will excuse the pun, this is a proverb that has been beaten into the minds of generations upon generations of children in the west. While most commonly used in the debate about corporal punishment, there is another aspect that is usually overlooked. That of it being a proverb.
What is a proverb, and how does that change the significance of that quote? Well, for starters, a proverb, according to dictionary.com, is “a short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought; adage; saw.” In other words, a proverb is a commonly understood principle or truth, put to words, as succinctly as possible. While I am sure some inane person is probably trying to figure out some way of reading into this post that I am endorsing the beating of a child,(which I am NOT endorsing,) I will actually be trying to explain the principle of Proverbs 13:24, and how it ties into Bill 10.
Some of you may be wondering how this ties into the Concerned Parents, or thinking to yourself, “Here it comes, the appeal to higher authority,” but hopefully you will see how it ties in as you read, and I am not going to argue the principle in Proverbs is true, you can determine that for yourself. I am simply going to explain what the principle of the proverb is.
The principle of the proverb, as I understand it, is that a person who does not discipline their child, does not actually love them, but in fact hates them. I’m sure some are aghast at the suggestion, but I’m sure each of you can think of a spoiled child that is heading down a bad path because of the spoiled actions they engage in. Think on what spoils a child. Being given everything they ask for? Consoling public outbursts as understandable and acceptable? Failing to correct the child when they do wrong? Putting the child in charge? Now consider, knowing the causes of a spoiled child, yet willfully committing to those actions anyway, with every child in the Province.
To use a modern term, the book of Proverbs “doubles down” on the statement that not disciplining your children is to hate them. The author states it a bit further on, in Proverbs 19:18 (NIV), “Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;do not be a willing party to their death.” The author is implying that to not discipline your child, is to be responsible for their death. Pretty strong words, but we have a modern word that could be applied, “negligence.” One could say, “;do not let their death be a result of your negligence.”
Imagine encouraging your child to run into traffic, to dive into a shallow pool, or climb an electrical pole. Obviously you would be responsible for their deaths. Sure they might make it through life unscathed, but chances are, they will not. Ok, well now imagine telling your child to go shower next to a 40 year old male stranger, who thinks they are a female.(Guidelines to Best Practices [GTBP]) Imagine telling your child that they should engage in anal fisting. (Alberta GSA) Imagine telling your 5 year old to go play with their genitals in their bedroom.(Sex Ed, Ont, BC, and you can count on it coming to AB) Imagine telling your child, as young as 12, to engage in sexual intercourse with as many males or females as are willing, but just use a condom.(Sex Ed) Finally, imagine telling your 6 year old child that they should sterilize themselves with chemical hormones, cut out their genitals and replace them with plastic, and join a community with a 50% suicide rate. (Policy 622, and GTBP)
Any adult who endorses (silent endorsement, is still endorsement) the practices listed above is through negligence responsible for the harm or death that can and does come to a child as a result of those actions. Every STD/I, every pregnancy and abortion, every rectal surgery, every ruined relationship, every life doomed to poverty, and every suicide hangs around the neck like a giant millstone of the adult who didn’t discipline the children in their care away from those practices. Alberta has a discipline problem, and it will never be fixed as long as Bill 10 stays as it is. Doesn’t matter if you are in the the repeal or the amend camp, something must be done, or our children’s future will be bleak, and full of death.
As I’m sure most of you are aware, (if you are not, have someone give your head a shake,) children are immature physically, mentally, and emotionally, and that is the reason there are minimum ages on so many activities. Children lack wisdom, and intelligence. Physical or emotional maturity does mean they are wise, or have great intelligence. A child may express wisdom beyond their years in one area of life, but that does not mean they are wise in all areas of life. They are not adept in any field, and lack experience. This is why a child starts with no responsibility, and graduates to independence and full responsibility.
In Canada, the age of maturity is 18. With the exception of emancipated minors, who have proven in court they are capable at a younger age, the parent or guardian is legally responsible for the minor under 18. Our entire criminal court system is based on this principle. This is why punishments for minors are different than for adults. Bill 10 strips adults of their authority, and turns that founding principle of our courts on it’s head.
Bill 10 gives a child the authority to tell the principal of a school that they want to start a club, and that principal is legally bound to adhere to the will of that child. The GTPB takes that principle of usurped authority, and applies it to a 6 year old telling a teacher what gender they are, and the teacher has to accept and believe the child, a child who is prone to foolishness and flights of fancy, like chasing a ball into the street. (Why do you think playgrounds and schools have lower speed limits?)
The former PC government did grave harm to the education system and our province, by ramming through poorly written legislation, lobbied by foolish self absorbed adults who wish to perpetuate their madness. The current education system, under Minister Eggen and the NDP has faired no better, and has only sent this foolish bill into overdrive. Under threat by the education minister, all the provinces school districts; like SD76, were forced to make policy that increases the power of children over adults; like Policy 622.
You need to ask yourself why any adult would want to put children in charge, and would be willing to throw a child in harms way, if they love them. This problem of adults bowing to the tantrums of children exists in every level of governance. From the municipal, to the provincial and federal governments. We need to replace, not just our MLAs in 2 years, but our city councils, and our trustees. The person, and their integrity need to be the deciding factor when you’re voting. They need to be people with the courage of their convictions, who will walk their talk. It is fear of the bully that has allowed our education system to deteriorate to the conditions we see them today. Don’t let childless, bureaucratic ‘academic’ deviants from around the world tell you what is best for your child.
Below you will find Adam Corolla explaining to congress just how the adults in the administration of academia need to start acting like adults, if they hope to see students prepared for life in the world.
Finally, I’ll conclude with one more proverb that I think not only applies to children, but those adults that have the heart of a child, and encourage the kind of coddling that Mr. Corolla mentioned.
Proverbs 22:15 (NIV) “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.”