‘Youth’ Category Archives

30
Jan

SCHOOL DAYS: the happiest days of one’s life? or not?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Lifestyle, Youth

Back to school?
Good news. You’ve been looking forward to it for weeks.
Good old school. Friends. Social life. Gossip. Idiots attention-seeking.
Judeo-Christian religion disappeared from the curriculum.
Replaced by the superstition of gender-fluidity with its yummy diet of emotivism, deconstructionism, utilitarianism and associated promiscuity-is-OK-if-you-feel-like-it mentality.
Not much to base real-life decisions on there.
Doesn’t sound very good actually.
Maybe get your mum to home-school you after all.

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5
Jan

HOW BEST TO DEAL WITH THE METHAMPHETAMINE/”ICE” PROBLEM? do “experts” sometimes not know what they are talking about?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Justice, Lifestyle, Politics, Youth

The Federal Government’s Inquiry into Crystal Methamphetamine has received multiple submissions from multiple groups of “experts”.
A lot of these submissions make the same claims in more or less the same words. But do they make any sense?
The common theory seems to be that to discourage drugs — including methamphetamine (“ice”) — should be discouraged.
Why? Because (they say) using the law and the media and classrooms to deter methamphetamine use will do harm by causing “stigmatisation” and “discrimination”.
These expert groups include the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association, the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies, the National Drug Research Institute and the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia.
Not everyone would agree that stigmatisation does more harm that using drugs.
We don’t legalise rape, murder, shoplifting etc. because banning them could make thieves, rapists and thieves feel stigmatised.
Should we?
I don’t think so.

19
Dec

IDEOLOGY IN SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY VICTORIAN SCHOOLS: do parents have any real say in what goes on?

by Arnold Jago in Education, Family, Lifestyle, Politics, Youth

It seems that the Victorian government is to end its arrangement with La Trobe University to deliver the “Safe Schools” gender-fluidity program into schools.
That is welcome news.
The most crucial issue is whether parents are able to decide what kind of world-view their child is subjected to.
For example, if he/she is in a school which does promote fluid-gender ideology — and the parents are not willing that their child be exposed to it — how will the government react?
What will they do to such parents and families?

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.

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.