It,s not the parents are stupid, only because they are so caught up in their world of troubles they forget about the children. It is more about "me" than the children. I am a soutmaster in a troop, and I had a problem with a very smart boy scout. His main problem is his parents, his mother to exact. When his mother is not around he did fine, but when she was in the picture, his mood altered drastically for the worse. On a hike, we have a policy to never leave the troop
for any reason. We were out in the wilderness, and he left the troop to go on his own to find his way back to camp. He ran from one of the assistants, before he caught up with the child. When we got back to camp, I called his mother to tell her he was suspended for a month, and she became outraged. What I did i protected my boys, and myself. Should he became lost, I would have to face the media, the sheriff, rescue squads, search parties, and who knows whatever. His mother removed him from my troop and put him in another troop. Not only do we prepare scouts for leadership, but we scoutmasters have to do a lot of reparing by damaged parenting. Howl all you want, take care of your children
I completely understand your complaints. My wife is a former elementary teacher. We know all about the horrific parents out there.
However, your issues have nothing to do with this article. Please stick to the topic at hand.