In modern America, parents are increasingly delegating their parental responsibilities to the education system, and neglecting those duties themselves.

Our teachers were not trained and are not equipped to be parents to their entire classes of two dozen students. Our schools alone, long since stripped of religion, are not capable of instilling a proper moral outlook in their students.

If anyone naively intends for government administrated education to replace real parenting, the effects of this experiment, which we are already seeing in American society, show that this goal is unattainable. Teachers and school personnel have no real recourse to discipline wayward students, and thus if they are not being supported (and respected) by parents at home, children ultimately will have no meaningful authority structure in their lives. Is it any wonder that our schools are full of drugs and violence? Is it any wonder that America’s children are drowning in despair, some even choosing to rebel against their utter hopelessness with the only act of defiance they feel they can offer to a meaningless universe: the choice to pick up a weapon and end their own lives or the lives of their peers?

And make no mistake, parents are not blameless when minors commit these senseless acts of violence. When parents say things like, “But they were such good children” after their children enact such wicked acts as cold-blooded murder, these parents are demonstrating their own shameful lack of real involvement in the lives of their own flesh and blood.

A child will not become a productive member of society by chance; parental guidance and nurture are not merely desirable but necessary. When a minor commits an egregious act of violence, parents should also be held legally responsible for their failure to properly educate their child’s morals.

Jonathan States

Mount Airy

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Schools need more discipline. Anyone not following rules should be put into special schools so the rest can learn.


I disagree that criminalizing poor parenting in a good idea.




There has been violence in schools since there were schools. Kids tend to fight. Human nature.


You are absolutely right!

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