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LETTER: Religion in school would combat evils of technology

A typical school classroom.
A typical school classroom.

We took God out of our schools, and look what has crept in, with sly, cunning destructive ways.

I’ve just heard the news on the state of some children’s habits in several of our schools, as young as nine and 11 years of age. Sexting!

What is happening? Our wonderful children under attack from technology, social media and peer pressure.

What was so wrong with our children learning the Lord’s prayer, the ten commandments, and believing in the stability of prayer?

Think back, us older adults, when this was taught in our schools. We might have had the occasional bully, but we handled that in our own way. Otherwise we were guided in what our Newfoundland Coat of Arms says — Matthew 6:33 — to “seek ye first the kingdom of God.”

Would you trade the education system of today for the one we had back in the day, knowing the system back then had more discipline? The teachers had a lot more authority to govern our children as they saw fit.

We trusted the system to be up front and fair with how they dealt with our children, and most of the time that trust was honoured in the schools.

What have our teachers and children in the system today to help them deal with this terrible dark side of technology? We have to make our children aware of the evil that also exists in the world besides the good, and having a strong Children belief will help with this.

May God help us to help them all in this dilemma.

— Joy French-Coleman writes from Harbour Grace

I’ve just heard the news on the state of some children’s habits in several of our schools, as young as nine and 11 years of age. Sexting!

What is happening? Our wonderful children under attack from technology, social media and peer pressure.

What was so wrong with our children learning the Lord’s prayer, the ten commandments, and believing in the stability of prayer?

Think back, us older adults, when this was taught in our schools. We might have had the occasional bully, but we handled that in our own way. Otherwise we were guided in what our Newfoundland Coat of Arms says — Matthew 6:33 — to “seek ye first the kingdom of God.”

Would you trade the education system of today for the one we had back in the day, knowing the system back then had more discipline? The teachers had a lot more authority to govern our children as they saw fit.

We trusted the system to be up front and fair with how they dealt with our children, and most of the time that trust was honoured in the schools.

What have our teachers and children in the system today to help them deal with this terrible dark side of technology? We have to make our children aware of the evil that also exists in the world besides the good, and having a strong Children belief will help with this.

May God help us to help them all in this dilemma.

— Joy French-Coleman writes from Harbour Grace

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