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Childhood education needs moral guidelines

Harry Patton, Marshalltown

February 26, 2012
Times-Republican

Here is my response in regard to a letter in the paper on early childhood development. There has been much ado of states applying for grants to make headway in the respect with all that has been said so far on early childhood learning ability, nothing has been said of moral guidelines, to develop character to know right from wrong, how to conduct yourself, how to interact with other children.

If at all possible, have your parents take you to Sunday school, learn of a savior who cares for you. Good behavior can be taught to children. How well I know, as a 5 or 6 year old boy, visiting relatives, I was curious of what was in the kitchen drawers, I found a nickel in one drawer, received a timely lecture regarding the taking of someone else's money. We have heard of the saying, training a child in the way they should go and when they are old will not depart from it.

My father, a good man lacked discipline in his emotions, having fits of anger now and then, was disruptive to our family. Likewise, children learn proper behavior from those around them. Hopefully, from their parents who love them.

Now we face the fact that there are thousands of homes where the fathers are not there to help and guide their children like they should. Those children are most fortunate that attend Sunday school early on in life even as 2 and 3 year olds receiving proper instruction in conduct, hearing of God's word and what it means to them learning godly instructions in right living. So many young people devoid of proper behavior and instruction at a young age end up in jail or in juvenile court. How good to have parents who take a vital interest in laying proper guidelines for their children.

The years as a chaplain, I first would sense the pain and heartache as I looked into their faces and to know their regret of their misdeeds and the knowledge of the price that they were paying along with their tears on their cheeks. I was there to let them know that there was a better road to follow.

 
 

 

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