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To: Cicero

I don’t buy the video game argument. I’m a “gamer” and play such PC games as Battlefield 3, Medal of Honor, Borderlands, Duke Nukem, Assassin’s Creed, etc. I also play strategy games such as StarCraft, Tropico, Red Alert, etc. And finally, I play MMOs such as World of Warcraft, EVE Online, etc.

I’ve been a gamer for decades. I played Atari and Nintendo when they came out in the 80s. I’ve played D&D. I played cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, Americans and Russians when I was growing up. I’ve played with cap guns, water guns, slingshots, and paintball guns.

I also grew up in a single-parent home, but I was raised in the church. I was raised by a morally upright mother who regularly punished me and expected As and Bs in school. I wasn’t given anything for good grades, they were expected. Going to church on Saturday night/Sunday morning wasn’t debatable. Going to catechism class wasn’t debatable. Going to school wasn’t debatable.

These days, kids are left unsupervised in front of trash televisions with hundreds of channels, most of them peddling dreck. Kids are left unsupervised with wide-open wireless network connections and laptops or tablets to use as they see fit. Kids are left without parents, without God, without a moral or ethical compass. They are left to socialist public schools preaching reliance on government and not once given the opportunity to excel on their own. If they do so, they are smacked down and told that it’s not “fair” to the rest of the students.

When I was in 3rd grade, my mother was told that I was reading at a 6th grade level. My teachers asked if it was okay for me to be taught after school for advanced reading and composition. By the time I was in high school, I’d read Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Twain, Emerson, etc. It wasn’t considered “unfair.” As a matter of fact, my teachers were overjoyed by my interest in learning. They’d say they wished other students took education so seriously. Now, teachers are forced to teach to a federal curriculum that bores many students, because they teach to a lowest common denominator. They don’t challenge the dumb, they dumb down the intelligent.

That’s where I see this all went wrong. This “hyper-intelligent” kid wasn’t challenged. His idle mind was able to run free with delusions of grandeur. Instead of being challenged intellectually, he decided to challenge authority with force and died in the process.

In the case of Newtown, I blame the kids teachers. I blame the system. I blame a lack of morality. I blame a lack of God in the public square. Everything the liberals and progressives have pushed for the last 100 years has destroyed the moral, ethical, intellectual, and emotional fiber of this nation. Unfortunately, it would likely take twice as long to rebuild it.


11 posted on 12/17/2012 9:35:55 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

Great post. You’ve described the problem better than I could. Bottom line it’s about parenting, or the lack of it, and relinquishing control of your kids to leftists’ agenda via entertainment media and public education.


15 posted on 12/17/2012 9:45:14 AM PST by TADSLOS (I took extra credit at the School of Hard Knocks)
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To: rarestia
In the case of Newtown, I blame the kids teachers. I blame the system. I blame a lack of morality, etc.

Hee's a novel idea. BLAME THE A$$HOLE WHO DID IT. If he knoew the difference between right and wrong, then he know what he was doing was wrong. He did it anyway. Some people are just plain evil. Hopefully we kill or incarcerate them, but every now and then they win.

22 posted on 12/17/2012 9:57:34 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: rarestia
FWIW, my daughter graduated with a degree in social work last year. I helped her drive home after graduation where she had a couple of interviews lined up, one of which resulted in a job offer the Monday after the interview.

She was assigned to check on (supposedly) autistic kids as an agency representative to lend family support and help them deal with the situation.

She told me the vast majority of the kids were borderline and would behave normally with a little more parental supervision which the majority of parents didn't make the time to give them.

Every kid without exception, however, had the latest Wii, X-Box or Play Station which was like giving borderline alcoholics the best booze available. In addition, they had multiple flat screen TVs in the house all blaring near full volume.

A few of the families were actually pleasantly surprised at a nearly immediate change in their child's behavior when they followed my daughter's advice to do simple things like play a board game, go to the park and throw a Frisbee or make them earn electronic time by completing homework assignments or simple household chores.

Most of them, however, were simply interested in going through the motions and pretending to listen to my daughter's advice so they could keep their government crazy checks coming.

24 posted on 12/17/2012 10:01:12 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: rarestia

BEARS REPEATING:

These days, kids are left unsupervised in front of trash televisions with hundreds of channels, most of them peddling dreck. Kids are left unsupervised with wide-open wireless network connections and laptops or tablets to use as they see fit. Kids are left without parents, without God, without a moral or ethical compass. They are left to socialist public schools preaching reliance on government and not once given the opportunity to excel on their own. If they do so, they are smacked down and told that it’s not “fair” to the rest of the students.

When I was in 3rd grade, my mother was told that I was reading at a 6th grade level. My teachers asked if it was okay for me to be taught after school for advanced reading and composition. By the time I was in high school, I’d read Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Twain, Emerson, etc. It wasn’t considered “unfair.” As a matter of fact, my teachers were overjoyed by my interest in learning. They’d say they wished other students took education so seriously. Now, teachers are forced to teach to a federal curriculum that bores many students, because they teach to a lowest common denominator. They don’t challenge the dumb, they dumb down the intelligent.


28 posted on 12/17/2012 10:13:21 AM PST by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: rarestia

I agree with you.

The teachers in our schools routinely mock the morality of religious parents leaving these kids to feel that whatever they want to do is A-ok. There are no filters or brakes to their behaviors. You see it everywhere from casual lying and cheating to these extremes of violence. We never had these incidences because even the most jaded amonst us had limits.

Now we have raised savagery to a level of acceptance then act surprised and shocked when some poor kid excercises what he learned... and didn’t learn.


31 posted on 12/17/2012 10:23:27 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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