Friday, April 27, 2012

The Decay of Society: Schools as a Mirror

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy

The best way I can think of to summarize the decay of American society is to consider the results of a public school survey that was conducted in the mid-1940's and again in the mid-1980's. The survey was taken by the Fullerton, California Police Department in conjunction with the California Department of Education. The purpose was to determine the major disciplinary problems in the schools. The comparative results speak volumes (see the comparative chart below).3

Leading Public School Disciplinary Problems
Mid-1940's Mid-1980's
1) Talking 1) Drug abuse
2) Chewing Gum 2) Alcohol abuse
3) Making noise 3) Pregnancy
4) Running in the hallways 4) Suicide
5) Getting out of place in line 5) Rape
6) Wearing improper clothing 6) Robbery
7) Not putting paper in wastebaskets 7) Assault

In January 1993, Time magazine reported some sobering statistics from the National Education Association that affirm the deterioration of our schools. According to the NEA report, every school day:4

  • 100,000 students tote guns to school

  • 160,000 skip classes because they fear physical harm

  • 40 are hurt or killed by firearms

  • 6,250 teachers are threatened with bodily injury

  • 260 teachers are actually assaulted

That's every day!

An insightful commentary about what has happened to the children of America was posted on the Internet recently:5

"What a Concept!"

Whoa! What in the world is happening with our kids today? Let's see... I think it started when Madalyn Murray O'Hare complained that she didn't want any prayer in our schools, and we said, "OK."

Then someone said you had better not read the Bible in school. After all, it says: "Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself." And we said, "OK."

Then the Supreme Court said that we could no longer post the Ten Commandments in our classrooms because they might influence our children, in violation of the concept called "separation of church and state." And we said, "OK."

Remember Dr. Benjamin Spock, who said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem? And we said, "OK."

Then someone said that teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. And our administrators said, "Whoa, no one in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued."

Then someone said, "Let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and we won't even tell their parents." And we said, "OK."

Then someone else said, "Let's give our sons all the condoms they want so they can have all the 'fun' they desire, and we won't tell their parents." And we said, "That's another great idea!"

And then some of our top officials said, "It doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs." And we said, "As long as I have a job and the economy is good, it doesn't matter to me what anyone does in private."

So now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "we reap what we sow."

Whoa! What a concept!

In the next segment of this series on the decay of society, we'll look at how the Ten Commandments have been removed and be shocked at what they've been replaced with.


3) Ezra Brown, "Getting Tough: New Jersey Principal Joe Clark kicks up a storm about discipline in city schools," Time, February 1, 1988, p. 54.

4) "The Week, January 10-16, 1993," Time, January 25, 1993, p. 23. Time cites the source of the statistics as the National Education Association.

5) An item taken from the Internet in the summer of 1999. Widely circulated, with no date or author indicated.


Billy said...


Leading Public School Disciplinary Problems


1) Participated in Pledge of Allegiance to the flag - including standing and hold hand over heart

2) Caught saying prayer before eating lunch - a home provided lunch instead of tax payer provided school lunch no less!

3) Refused to accept free condom and training on how to use it

4) Refused advances by teacher offering free condom

5) Failed courses on evolution, global warming and LGBT studies and instead excelled in math, english and science

Billy said...

In case anyone thinks I'm being far fetched in my previous post...I just read this on FOX News:

"Colleges and universities have been known to push the envelope when it comes to inviting controversial figures to campuses, and Williams College, a prestigious private institution in western Massachusetts, is the latest -- by inviting a porn star.

The speaker, Jiz Lee, is described in the college calendar advertising the event as "an award-winning genderqueer performer, author, artist and pleasure activist." Friday night, a sample of the performer's work is scheduled to be shown on campus followed by a discussion with students.

Some have been shocked by the graphic description of the porn stars talents."

Read more:

Billy said...

Note..."SOME" have been shocked...SOME!

I'm positive those "some" and now be vilified and hated.

WE, my fellow Christians, WE are the now the EVIL in the world today!

DrNofog said...

First arrest made in BP oil spill case
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A BP engineer intentionally deleted more than 300 text messages indicating the amount of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico was much greater than what the company later reported.

West New York woman charged with keeping mother-in-law barricaded in basement.

Missouri 17-year-old charged with pouring gasoline on 13-year-old, setting the him on fire.

"It's all good..."
"Move along, folks. Nuthin' to see here! Everything is under control...led demise...