‘Coaches and teachers did not sign up to be babysitters’

Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Too many cases of discipline have nearly cost me my head as I continue to scratch it this year. These cases have not only occurred on a national level, but locally as well. And I am of the opinion that these cases could have been minimized or even prevented if the proper mechanisms were put in place at home at an early age for kids.

As a spectator on the sidelines of sports events and follower on the news, I am still amazed at what has transpired in 2012.

Locally in the past year, fights during high school football games have been documented, social networks have been used to suspend children from education systems and weapons have been used to end many lives.

In the past year fans have been focusing on how the proposed Virginia High School League (VHSL) alignment plan will impact teams around the state. Instead, they should look at the disciplinary problems that have occurred in high school sports.

In one example from the VHSL’s executive committee meeting minutes, more football fights occurred this year than in the past five. During that same set of years, the number of ejections has risen.

Discipline has become a major issue with young people for many years, but especially in 2012. In the sports realm, one would think to blame the coach and the staff; in the classroom, the blame would be passed to the school administration. But when does the blame stop being passed around to be handled at home?

I’m confident that teachers, coaches and professionals alike have said to themselves that they must feel like babysitters when kids come to school. If they do, I agree. The former hint that some children have not been taught or raised better has become noticeably unbearable.

Consider the youth involved in creating the year’s national shooting tragedy.

So many political leaders and counselors have come forward in the past year weighing in on the shooting cases in Colorado and Connecticut; some of whom have recommendations on what could be done after the fact.

I am personally fond of being proactive and favor the idea of instilling children with good morals at an early age. I don’t have any children of my own, but I’m sure raising a child is a challenge. But just like I made my decision not have any at this time, parents have made their own choices of bringing a child into this world and they all need to do their jobs.

The impact of parents’ decisions has weighed heavily now on the nation and maybe even the world as the shooting cases have presented.

Children make their own decisions when they become older and often times rely on the foundation built by their parents or guardians. Even though parents are not responsible for what decisions their children make, they are the ones who can make an impact on their lives before they become choice makers.

Teachers, coaches and professionals alike have accepted the roles as leaders for children to help them expand on their education. They didn’t sign up to become babysitters for several hours and be badgered when a child, who is not their own, does something that he or she should have been scolded for at home.

Parents need to support those in the field of educating their children and teaching them that the wrong decisions can often times have negative implications. Times are changing in this world and any little bit of discipline that parents can do could make this world a better place in which to live.

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