One can pick up a newspaper any day of the week and read a new story about a person suing a place because they happened to be in business that day. Parents are suing fast food restaurants because their children are overweight. Parents are suing schools because their child got into a fight. Children are acting out in school because of one disorder or another. This seems to be not only a growing trend in the United States, but a growing problem. Where did the idea of accepting responsibility for one’s actions go?
When the market crashed several years ago, many people lost their homes. This happened because according to many newscast and articles, lenders were lending irresponsibly. This may be true, but what happened to people borrowing responsibly? I’m sure no lenders out there held a gun to anyone’s head saying that they needed to take the loan. People got in over their heads and in the end it bit them in the end. How did people respond? By saying the government and other people needed to help them out because they purchased a $200,000 house on a $25,000 a year income. What sense does this make?
Recently in the papers there have been articles telling of a class action suit against McDonald’s. This time they are being sued for promoting to children by offering toys in their children’s meals. One parent went as far to say that she and her husband were undermined by the company by their doing this. A company undermined the parents authority. How does a company tell a child yes? The parent has all of the authority over a child and now this parent could not say “no”? This is the time the parent has the opportunity to teach the child a valuable life lesson, but the only lesson being learned by the child id one of excuse. What do parents feel their children should learn these days?
Nowadays it seems to be the norm to pass the buck in any given situation. I have spoken with teachers in regards to how their classes are being run and too many of them say that they don’t run the classes, but the students do. How is this possible? It is possible because the parents of the children who act up want to say that the school is responsible for the behavior of the child; yet when a school attempts to discipline the child, that is when the parent wants to interfere. There are too many occasions when a child acts out and the school wants to either suspend or expel the student and the parent will jump in saying that it is not right. When will it be right then?
Disorders seem to be the main area to place blame today. When children act out it is either ADD or ADHD. An adult does something wrong, blame it on PTSD. There are so many disorders out there, that one never has to accept responsibility for any action anymore. Parents found that the easiest way to raise a child was to fill the child with pills until they are nearly comatose. The child becomes so used to taking these drugs that when they are taken from them they act out. So the only thing to do is to increase the dosage or add another drug to their regime. These children have turned into the teens and adults that are finding new and innovative ways of avoiding responsibility. Where does this ‘insanity’ stop?
If the past decade shows even any semblance of where we are headed as a society, it paints a very ugly picture. There may no longer be a need for prisons or law enforcement because we seem to be coming up with an excuse for any negative behavior. Children are being taught this practice at home on a daily basis and in an unfortunate turn, teachers and schools are having their hands bound by these same parents. Responsibility was once an important lesson that was taught from an early age, a lesson that followed the child into adult life and was passed on to their children. Somewhere along the line, these lessons were lost and society is slowly paying the price.