by Zsuzsanna Anderson from her blog Are They All Yours? -Just Take Away Their Electronic Gadgets
Another teacher in the classroom was having an issue with one of the students being disruptive in class. Exasperated, the teacher “punished” him by moving him somewhere else, to which the student defiantly replied, “If you move me, I am just going to talk wherever you move me to!”
This is the part the shopper at TJ’s was all upset about. “No consequences! That teacher just didn’t enforce any consequences!” she rather yelled at the cashier and myself.
I smiled my sweetest smile, and told her “Well, that’s when it’s time for the paddle to come out.” Boy oh boy, guessing she was a teacher herself, I knew this would not go over well – I was just trying to see what her exact reaction would be.
“Oh, NO!” she exclaimed in horror. “No, no, NO!” In fact, she was acting so horrified I started thinking that maybe she was just being sarcastic, and actually agreed with me. Then she added: “You just take away all their electronic gadgets!”
Me: Really? Hm. What if they don’t have any?Teacher: Every kid has them!
Me: Mine don’t.
Teacher: They don’t? You better get on that, because when they start kindergarten, they will be expected to know how to use a computer.
Me: Well, actually, we homeschool, so they will never start public school
Teacher (disgusted): Do you even own a computer
Me (laughing): Yeah, obviously! And laptops, tablets, smart phones, and on and on. But we don’t let our kindergarteners use them
At this point her transaction was done, and she rather indignantly made her exit, reiterating the importance of me making sure our children are familiar with every electronic gadget on the market.
Lately, both my husband and I have heard of confiscating electronic gadgets as a popular new form of discipline. While I agree that limiting a child’s “screen time” (as opposed to “face time”) is generally a good idea, I fail to see how it makes a good teaching tool. The only way it would be effective is if the child is already addicted to said gadgets, which he/she shouldn’t be. So if you are doing this thing of parenting halfway decently, your child would not be addicted to an electronic screen to the point that it being taken away causes withdrawal symptoms.
Also, if a child’s whole social life is dependent upon access to social media, that is a sad state to be in. Cutting off the electronics evidently is the modern day equivalent of “grounding.” Of course, none of these sophisticated new forms of punishment are anything the Bible suggests.
So yes, get out the good old paddle for that disrespectful, mouthy pupil who sasses the teacher.
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