‘Youth’ Category Archives

6
Dec

CHRISTMAS: why bother?

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Faith, Family, Forgiving, Happiness, History, Jesus, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Truth, Youth

Why celebrate Christmas?
Because we can’t help liking, honouring and admiring this unique person, Jesus Christ.
He was the ultimate one-off.
Above all, see how he totally refused to compromise.
When his challenging message was leading inevitably to his own painful death, he made his message even more challenging, more confronting.
There was no mistaking it:
“Love your enemies!”
Pray to God, saying:
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us!”
Yes, the Christian church is faulty — tragically unworthy of him who founded it….
Yet it’s in the church that we can hear his gospel read and preached.
In the church we can meet together with others who at least have a go at living Christ’s way.
Jesus Christ, born so long ago, can make you and me better.
He offers a motive for our children to grow into people who are better.
That’s why Christmas is important.
Have a good one.

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30
Nov

SCHOOL CHOICE: how best to help one’s child become well educated?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Education, Youth

Australia is spending more and more money on school education — yet students’ results are deteriorating compared with other countries.
Results at Australia’s Catholic and independent schools are better than most government schools — despite receiving less government funding.
Donald Trump recently promised to commit $20 billion towards a program they’re calling “School Choice” — families to receive vouchers ensuring that the money follows the child to whatever school the parents choose.
Mr. Trump is quoted as saying, “School choice is the civil rights issue of our time.”
Well said.
Australia would do well to follow his example on this.

23
Nov

SCHOOLIES ARE BAD NEWS: something should be done. too late, perhaps?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Education, Family, Youth

Many Australian school-leavers are currently in Queensland and elsewhere, unsupervised — lots of them drinking, brawling etc.
One (in Bali) is imprisoned for drug possession and could stay there for some time.
It’s a pity. These youngsters have had lots of somebody’s money spent on their “education”.
Aged mostly about 18, Australia’s laws permit them to drive vehicles, drink alcohol — even to vote!
Do our law-makers perhaps need a bit of remedial education?
Neuroscientists these days suggest that brain development isn’t complete until about age 25 – or even into the 30s.
Likewise vehicle-insurance companies. They should know – they’re the ones losing money when young clients kill or half-kill themselves. They charge 18-year old customers more than over-25s.
18-year olds should, in fact, seldom be out of the sight of their mummies and daddies.
Some kind of curfew might help, just in case the parents don’t do their job.

21
Oct

HUMAN “GENDER-FLUIDITY”: is it true? so what?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Education, Family, Lifestyle, Multiculturalism, Youth

Are there really multiple “fluid” genders — not just two sexes but numerous image-identities (non-binary, pan-gender etc.)?
Apart from seeming slightly silly, could such teachings harm students?
Perhaps the multiple-gender notion itself mightn’t be so harmful.
But fluidity-merchants have a dangerous unspoken dogma to promote.
They want to reinforce in children an un-thinking world-view that reality is how you feel.
Which makes promiscuity OK.
No need to think about sex — if you feel like it, why not just do it.
No need to think about other people — why not just use them?
No need to think about right and wrong — isn’t everything relative?
No need to think about God because – they desperately want people to believe this — “hasn’t science disproved God?”
If young people acknowledge God’s existence, they are on the way to thinking – including thinking about doing what is right by other people.

1
Sep

FEEBLE GOVERNMENT GETTING GENDER WRONG: Premier Andrews plans to create confusion and worse in vulnerable minds.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Lifestyle, Politics, Youth

The Victorian Government proposes permitting persons to alter the gender on their birth certificate on the basis of their saying they feel as though they are of the opposite sex to their biological sex.
This is on top of Mr Andrews’ plan to force all schools to teach “fluid” gender theory in classrooms with or without parental consent – and to permit biological males to frequent girls’ toilets and change rooms.
Schools should not be used for grooming and radicalising students into the acceptance of irrational theories and deviant practices.

21
Aug

THE RIO DE JANEIRO OLYMPIC GAMES: what can we learn from Usain Bolt and friends?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, sport, Truth, Youth

The skyline of Rio de Janeiro is dominated by a 38-metre statue of Christ the Redeemer.
But in the people’s heads, haven’t sporting idols like Usain Bolt replaced respect for Christ the Redeemer as top focus?
Usain Bolt himself seems to be trying to do the right thing.
He makes the sign of the Cross before races. He makes an effort to keep things in perspective.
Bolt has been quoted saying:
“I want to thank God for everything he has done for me. Without him none of this would be possible…. I was always brought up to believe in God and to behave in certain ways. That’s what my parents taught me and I always trust my parents. They have great values….”
In recent times, haven’t sporting values mostly been not so great?
Cheating, publicity-seeking, gambling and sponsorship-money dominate media sport coverage.
Every Sunday, don’t we all see thousands of Australian children at our sporting ovals, dissipating their energy on sport, getting frustrated, feeling the pressure to win, win, win….
If parents took these young people to church or Sunday school to get some serious teaching as to what life is really about, perhaps the world would be better — they might become fulfilled human beings.
Don’t they need at least one day a week free to clear out of their heads the wall-to-wall secularism fed them by our secular education system and secular media?