- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As a mother of five children ages of 14 to 27, I can’t understand how we have allowed the media to exploit our children the way they have. Youngsters today have no sense of individuality or self-respect; they are constantly being bombarded with messages from TV shows promoting teen sex, homosexuality and disrespect for the family.

We have a responsibility to these children. We must teach them to respect the homosexual community without promoting homosexuality. We must teach them to have self-respect, but instead we are teaching them to be arrogant and disrespectful. I am shocked to hear how many girls cut themselves in order to deal with emotional pain. How many young children are having babies just so they can be on a reality show? What are we doing to these children?

It needs to stop. There are no funds to help troubled teens in school, to help children do better academically and teach them life lessons they can take with them. So many children will leave high school with a diploma but no real education. I grew up in Chile and still remember how we were graded not only on academics but also on behavior, cleanliness and table manners. Music lessons included almost all instruments and it was free. We were taught about all music, including classical. I have visited my country many times, and I am always surprised to see how their teens have a much broader understanding about life in general and how they have a tremendous respect for other cultures because they have studied them in depth.

Well-rounded teaching makes a difference, believe me. We need to learn from other countries and push to give our children equal or better. This is the most powerful country in the world. Can’t we do better by our children? I have been told by many school faculty members that today’s parents are not involved in their children’s education. I see with my own eyes how parents allow their children to self-destruct, either because they don’t want to deal with them or because they are struggling to make ends meet.

Wake up, America, our boat is sinking and we are too busy to realize it.

REBECCA GHANNAM

Vienna, Va.

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