Parents and teachers at Christchurch's Paparoa Street School are to be commended for initiating extra security for children awaiting uplifting from school. It is too dangerous to walk to and from school or play in the park anymore.
Parents would do well to also investigate the dangers inside the government schooling institutions, in the classrooms and on the playgrounds. Five years ago Kapiti Primary School principal Graham Conner said, "People have been talking about (drug use) being commonplace in college for a long time. If you'd asked me four months ago about it in primary schools, I would have laughed. I guess I was quite naive. I think it's the tip of the iceberg now." All indications are that it is getting worse, not better.
Children are exposed to indecent assault from teachers and other children. We get the occasional story coming to light of teachers seducing students, but it is generally hushed up very quickly, such as the 13-year-old Palmerston North girl who was groped continually by boys in class in August last year whose complaints to the teacher went unheeded; or the teacher/paedophiles like Derek Humphries and William Blaine who unbelievably preyed on kids undetected for an even more unbelievable cumulative total of 75 years before being caught. The most devastated of all are the parents who said, "That would never happen at our school."
The politically correct nature of the curriculum ensures that absolute rights and wrongs are not addressed, and that children in government schools are being indoctrinated with the message that lifestyles and philosophies that are both hostile and subversive to many of the children's parents are instead normal and healthy. The school culture, the teachers and the fellow students all compete for the government school child's obedience, affection and loyalty sometimes in aggressive and overt competition to the child's obedience, affection and loyalty to his own parents.
Parents are increasingly required to shell out more and more in terms of fees, resources and volunteer time and labour to keep the collapsing government school system afloat. They would be well rewarded if they simply kept their children at home and provided a real-world education themselves.