Teach Your Children Well

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Go easy on them. They’re just kids. But man.

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71 Responses to “Teach Your Children Well”

  1. #1 |  Curt | 

    Apparently Avril Lavigne has changed her tune a little since her sk8er boi days.

  2. #2 |  delta | 

    #43: +1 thumbs-up for you.

  3. #3 |  BoogaFrito | 

    Someone should set this music to scenes of police abuse, SWAT raids, and bureaucratic TSA fondling…

  4. #4 |  Rich | 

    49 I always found it a little funny that human beings put themselves in boxes and allow other people to tell them, what they should be talking about.
    A little too authoritarian for me.
    When I step back and look at the whole box of libertarians I find them a bit Heartless. I find the Box of republicans to be pretty dam stupid. I find the box of Democrats to be pretty dam gullible.

    I am not going to sit in anyone’s box. Sorry, “General message” is how you respond when children are involved it requires Heart compassion and tact.
    When a kid brings you a finger painting of a Horse you don’t tell them its not proportional to the house behind it.

    HEY here I am judging you. I am a hypocrite I am always so judgmental of judgmental people. Something I need to work on.

  5. #5 |  mdb | 

    Man, you can tell this a younger crowd. All you people who are going raise rebels/dishwashers (if that) – remember, a teacher can and likely will fail your future kid – if he/she pisses them off. Your kid will be better off if you teach them to treat authority with respect and pick their battles very wisely.

  6. #6 |  Gideon Darrow | 

    @ #52 BoogaFrito:

    I second that request.

  7. #7 |  Alex | 

    What are you even talking about? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dichotomy

    This video has NOTHING to do with making sure you don’t piss off your teachers so much that they fail you.

  8. #8 |  Alex | 

    I don’t understand your criticism.
    I think the group liberarians exists, and that in any case that does not involve children the values common to libertarians would not allow them to agree AT ALL with the sentiment expressed in this video. But those values seem to break down for a lot of libertarians when children are involved (see spanking). I don’t like that double standard. Maybe it is fair, but I’d like to see a justification of it that is not “it’s better for them to game the system and pretend to have blind respect so that the people with power over them don’t screw them over.” It’s not that I’m creating rules that all libertarians have to follow or else they’re not “TRUE” libertarians, it’s that I think given the rules they already follow, they shouldn’t be approving of this video.

  9. #9 |  Terrorific | 

    Judging by the look on his face and his enthusiasm, the little boy in the video knows what’s up.

  10. #10 |  KristenS | 

    I totally, 100% DISAGREE with the “general message”. People should always, without fail, in every circumstance, question authority. If the answers to the questions make sense, then there you go. You respect the answer (again, if it is logical and sensible). Not the “authority” that gives it.

  11. #11 |  KristenS | 

    mdb – I am 38. But besides that, my dad taught me a healthy suspicion of authority. I almost always questioned my teachers, especially in high school and they all loved me. And I think I’m pretty fucking successful.

  12. #12 |  mdb | 

    KristenS – I am sure you were very respectful.

  13. #13 |  Bob | 

    # #59 | KristenS | December 23rd, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I totally, 100% DISAGREE with the “general message”. People should always, without fail, in every circumstance, question authority. If the answers to the questions make sense, then there you go. You respect the answer (again, if it is logical and sensible). Not the “authority” that gives it.

    That’s all well and good until it’s made clear that absolute respect for authority is not optional. When someone’s authority comes directly from god and that god is infallible, then that authority is deemed infallible as well. You ever hear the phrase “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”? Well, that’s what you get when you allow no deviation from authority.

    Here’s a podcast from these people on the subject of authority:

    I can barely listen to this shit.

  14. #14 |  bob42 | 

    If we don’t unquestioningly accept authority, how can we hope to be free.


  15. #15 |  Rich | 

    Jesus Christ questioned and spoke up to power at every single turn. He touched lepers, he healed on the sabbath he overturned tables, in fact the powers crucified him for it.
    Not questioning authority, is not Christian. Very early in the Christian church, Paul replaced Christ, Dogma set in, Idolatry took over, Buddhists call it Maya,
    “If you see the Buddha on the road kill him”
    These people are Idolaters, replace the statues, with the symbols of written words in a book .
    The book became God, because they are not able to transcend the authority of the books to see past the books. To kill the Buddha. “The kingdom of heaven is upon us men do not see it”

    These poor people are not allowed to see past the leaders that tell them what the book means.
    SO we have Fundamentalist Christians. Far more dangerous then The Muslims, there are a whole lot more of them here trying to make this a theocracy.

    What happens in these fringe, quasi christian groups, is that they must put the message that Christ actually preached on the back-burner. Christ, His example of questioning authority, never sits well with the authority, that is twisting a watered down message into there own political and financial agenda. A agenda that almost never includes the poor widows or orphans.
    DO not question the leader, everyone outside of our group is evil, we are the only chosen few who really knows what God wants.


  16. #16 |  Amazed | 

    So that whole “Don’t talk to strangers” and “Don’t get in the car with any adult you don’t know without the ‘safe’ word, even a police officer” thing is right out the window, eh?

  17. #17 |  MPH | 

    Ewww… but I think I know where this might be coming from.

    Exodus 20: 12 tells us to “honor” our parents.

    Exodus 21: 15 & 17 tells us that if we strike or curse our parents (fail to honor them via physical or verbal actions) we’re to be put to death.

    So of course obeying authority is what will be taught by those whose holy book includes Exodus. What better way to get your kids to “honor” you then to tell them: God commands I kill you if you don’t “honor” me.

    Kind of like Bill Cosby’s dad: I brought you into this world and I can take you back out. And I’ll make another one that looks just like you.

    If that doesn’t keep you in line, not much else will.

    With the amount of information that is easily and widely available today, how else are you going to perpetuate your myths except via brainwashing at an early age? This looks like a manifestation of such brainwashing, or possibly, a very subtle plea for help on the part of the kids.

  18. #18 |  firehat | 

    Rich in #65 is completely dead-on in line with my thoughts on the religious aspects of this, right down to bashing Paul’s illegitimate authority. If you want to piss off a right-wing conservative christian just point out that Jesus was a communitarian anarchist radical and black or at least dark brown.

  19. #19 |  Derek | 

    I think it is silly to get so worked up over this video. The video is clearly targetting kids, not adults, so the message is a pretty true one in our society where kids are not free (neither are we adults, but you already know all about that). (And before you wet , I’m not saying that kids don’t have rights).

    The difference is we don’t make any claims that children are free … and I think if you argue kids should be free you are either a child yourself (literally) or you’ve never been a parent.

    And while I don’t know anything about these kids’ church, parents, pastors, etc., the Bible teaches kids to obey their parents “in the Lord.”

    Finally, I’ve never met an adult before that complemented a child that was rude … I do want kids to *respect* authority, but not blindly trust it.

  20. #20 |  Rogue Medic | 

    I don’t have to worry about my daughter disobeying me.

    I taught her to question all authority. She keeps me honest.

    Any authority that cannot be questioned is not worthy of respect.

    Respect is earned by the way we handle questions/challenges, not by the way we give orders (or follow orders).

  21. #21 |  travis | 

    Just stopping by to say this is the exact opposite of Jesus’ teaching and life-example…