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Parenting Against ‘The Village’

Posted on | June 27, 2020 | No Comments

Many readers will recall that in 1996 Hillary Clinton published a book — I won’t say she wrote it — called It Takes a Village, the title of which was supposedly inspired by an African proverb. Whether or not this actually is a proverb among Africans, or whether it was merely attributed to them to make it seem trendy and “multicultural,” I’ve always been averse to the claim that “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Whatever the origin of its title, Clinton’s book was essentially an argument against parental responsibility, a demand that government take charge of raising children whose parents were incompetent, and thus an embrace of collectivism. Back in the mid-1990s, my wife and I were already the parents of three children — our youngest three came along latter — and it was a heckuva struggle. While we certainly had family and friends who were helpful, our situation was made more difficult by several factors, including the fact that my mother died when I was 16, so we had half the ordinary supply of grandmotherly care, and we lived 700 miles from my wife’s family. Beyond that, we had discovered that the public schools are a complete disaster, with an anti-Christian curriculum and other problems too numerous to detail here. So . . .

You’re on your own.

Raising excellent kids in a world of mediocrity requires that parents make up their minds to think independently, to exercise their own inherent authority, to assert their proprietary interest. Reject the collectivist mentality that insists your children aren’t actually yours.

What is necessary, really, is a proper sense of self-respect.

Are you an intelligent, high-quality person? Is your spouse likewise a person who is above the norm? Do you both have good values? If you consider yourself a worthwhile person, and not some no-account degenerate trash, then doesn’t it follow from this that you are qualified to make decisions about what is best for your children? If this is so, why should you outsource this decison-making to others? If you consider yourself qualified to judge what is in your child’s best interest, why would you allow a Board of Education bureaucrat to determine what your child should be taught and how? Are you less qualified than the bureaucrat?

Don’t try to sell me your argument in defense of “good” public schools. Most Americans believe that their own local public schools are an island of “quality” in an ocean of decay. They will admit public schools are generally bad, but insist their child’s school is an exception. I’m sure parents in Parkland, Florida, were making this argument right up until the moment when the mass murder began.

If you believe you are a good parent, and if you believe your children deserve the best possible education, you will not shove them into the dangerous, dumbed-down conformity factories of public education.

Every intelligent Christian in America understands that we are living in an evil and decadent age, in which the elites are morally bankrupt and our social institutions have been subverted. Your children must be taught to resist the herd mentality, or else they will be pulled down by the undertow of decadence that surrounds them. Peer pressure is dangerous, as can be seen from a review of Abigail Shrier’s new book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters:

Shrier’s book discusses a social theory that some trans activists really don’t want to see the light of day. Teen girls, the theory says, can decide they are transgender males as a result of interacting with other young girls who have transitioned through a phenomenon known as “peer contagion.”
Peer contagion is defined as “the transmission or transfer of deviant behavior from one adolescent to another.” It has been scientifically linked to depression, eating disorders, and drug use.
“Today,” the book’s description reads, “whole groups of female friends in colleges, high schools, and even middle schools across the country are coming out as ‘transgender.’ These are girls who had never experienced any discomfort in their biological sex until they heard a coming-out story from a speaker at a school assembly or discovered the internet community of trans ‘influencers.’” . . .
Almost 90 percent of parents surveyed in [researcher Lisa] Littman’s study said their child was the second, third, or fourth person in their friendship group to question their gender.
Additionally, 21 percent of parents reported that their child came out as transgender around the same time that a friend came out as transgender.
Further, one-third of parents said more than half of their child’s friendship group was transgender-identified. Littman said this represented a rate of transgender-identification that is more than 70 times the expected prevalence for young adults.
“Parents have described clusters of gender dysphoria in pre-existing friend groups with multiple or even all members of a friend group becoming gender dysphoric and transgender-identified in a pattern that seems statistically unlikely based on previous research,” she wrote.

Public schools now actively promote the transgender cult.

“It Takes a Village to Mutilate a Child.”