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Opening Arguments

Dumb times five

Can you imagine how much better our lives would have been if we got to use the Five Times Rule instead of always having to toe the line?


Mike Sylvester LP
Wed, 08/31/2005 - 7:44am

It does not surprise me that a school in England would have a policy like this.

There is only ONE way to fix the public education system in the United States. We need to bring discipline and respect back to the public schools.

Wed, 08/31/2005 - 9:37pm

The parents who find the Five Times Rule "wholly irresponsible and ludicrous" must, then, accept parental responsibility in teaching their children personal responsibility.

And it's "ludicrous" for parents to think otherwise.

Mike Sylvester LP
Thu, 09/01/2005 - 8:08am

No doubt about it Jane. Parents must get involved with their children's education.

We have to restore order and discipline to our schools; parents must help.

If a child repeatedly misbehaves and detracts from the learning of other children, the parents must be brought in. The parents must gain control of their children. If they connot help the schools control their children the children must be expelled from the school.

It is only fair to the children in school who are behaving and who are trying to learn...

Thu, 09/01/2005 - 6:54pm

Quite right, Mike.

In light of Leo's post and your subsequent comment, I took to task making an informed position on the issue of parental responsibilities in raising children.

My informed position?

I'm alarmed.

There are many reasons for having children, from lack of reason (it was a mistake) to economic reason (provide security against an uncertain future) to emotional reason (the love of children).

(See for the preliminary version abstract.)

This summer I watched parents and their children spending time at a small swimming pool. Several large signs read, "No Lifeguard On Duty," "Children Under 14 Must Be Accompanied By An Adult" and "Swim At Your Own Risk."

(I've even been asked several times if I was the lifeguard. I point to the signs.)

Yet I see parents reading or sleeping, unaware their child is diving into three feet of water.

These parents aren't protecting the most important and valuable part of their future -- the children themselves.

And the most alarming possiblity: Once the child is injured or worse, the parent will sue everyone associated with the swimming pool.

Responsibility has to fall to the parents. The world is not watching their children.

Mike Sylvester LP
Fri, 09/02/2005 - 10:59am

I agree with you 100% Jane.

I have two lovely children. My wife and I are responsible for raising them; NOT the government!