Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on December 16, 2008



Discipline Laminated Poster


Most of the parents and educators of what the western world is calling the First World Countries know the following is happening to themselves and their children in the last 50 years . First World Countries means countries which are technological developed and are considered wealthy and civilized because of the societal wealth created by continually advancing technology in the 20th and 21st century....

  • Parents and educators are understanding, learning and using technology at lesser speed than their children;

  • Due to phenomenal exposure and use by children starting from very early age of technology of TV, Internet and all types of media, children follow what they learn from them without fully understanding what they are learning;

  • Parents are increasing relinquishing their parenting duties of teaching children about life to teachers, babysitters and children peer groups with both parents working to create personal monetary wealth;

  • With this parental monetary wealth, progressively in the last 50 years, parents are letting children  have whatever they want, whenever they want it, all the time;

  • Schools and teachers, since 1960s created school systems where children can learn or not learn or learn whatever they want from wherever they want es their personal individual duty, right and choice regardless of the children to understand the meaning of rights, duties and responsibilities of making choices.

  • All of the above items create negation of what has been traditionally and times immemorial in all cultures called DISCIPLINED LIFE. And life discipline varies according to the age of a child or an adult and capacity created to be disciplined through teachings of parents, teachers and society.  

The above is being broadcast in USA in various ways by Erin Walsh Of National Institute of Media and Family, USA....PVAF is publishing a news article related to the above and about Erin Walsh.



" Self-discipline is shown to be twice as strong a predictor of school and career success as intelligence is.

Young people who can make a plan and see it through are successful in the long term, but it's something many lack."

PVAF is publishing these two columns by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for following reasons:

  1. It is the primary mandate of PVAF to remove poverty in humanity through knowledge gained from education. And without proper and disciplined way to bring up our children the humanity's future is at risk as can be inferred from this column and the supporting news story on the next web page...
  2. As per Champak Mistry, in the last 15 years he has started understanding the role of parenting, educators and all the societal forces in the development of a child from birth to adulthood through his personal continuing education of LIFE AND CREATION through the study of vED which is what is classified as TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE by anthropologists, all sciences with meta as its prefix and others who all are studying:
    •  who we are as humans;
    • what is our origin and history;
    • what is the purpose of our existence
    • what is what we call LIFE and genesis of its creation

    And from the left hand column he says the humanity needs to make course corrections of life path if humanity is to grow in knowledge and use the knowledge for ITS PROSPERITY WHICH MUST INCLUDE TO MAKE TOMORROW HAPPIER THAN TODAY FOR ONESELF AND REST OF CREATION

  3. In the last century and with all the wars of all kinds going on world-wide in the current humanity, the humanity is showing a continually worsening tendency to use the technology advancement to risk the LIFE IT IS TRYING TO EVOLVE AND PROSPER, to if not self-extinction, but surely to make TOMORROW NOT HAPPIER THAN TODAY.......

This entire news story of today is a topic of interest to all of YOU...and thus PVAF invites you to input and/or share your knowledge of thoughts and actual life experiences with rest of humanity....

To do this just click on the POST A COMMENT button in the header of this news item and share away as much as you life or email you writing to PVAF by clicking here....

(This news originally published in February 2008 and is being republished becuase of its evergreen importance for parenting)


Please click on the next line to read what Erin Walsh is trying to awaken parent, teachers and society that parents, teachers and society is defaulting in teaching life discipline to children who are their tomorrow's future..


A malady for children
Lack of discipline caused by explosion of technology


 The Saskatoon StarPhoenix: February 13, 2007:Jeanette Stewart,

Attention has been focused on the sex and violence associated with entertainment media and video games for years, but one expert says that isn't the only technology-related problem parents and educators have to worry about.

Kids today have a "discipline deficit disorder," researcher Erin Walsh told educators at the Saskatoon Teachers' Association (STA) convention on Monday.

"The messages that are constantly being inundated at kids is that they can have whatever they want, whenever they want it, all the time," Walsh said in an interview.

"The reason I think that's one of the most powerful emerging concerns is that . . . it affects all kids. Not every child plays M-rated (mature) video games, but all kids are bathed in this media culture where it's instant, constant gratification."

Walsh said parents are inundated with these messages as well, and have a hard time saying no to anything children want. San Francisco-based Walsh is a speaker with the National Institute on Media and the Family, and helped design the MediaWise project, creating awareness of media among families. Her father, David Walsh, founded the institute in 1996 to study the effects of media on youth and children.

Erin Walsh lists some symptoms of the so-called "discipline deficit disorder,":

  • as disrespect among young people,
  • growing impatience and
  • the need for instant gratification.
  • For example, youth say they want to get into the best colleges, but don't equate that with working hard in high school, she said.

Self-discipline is shown to be twice as strong a predictor of school and career success as intelligence is, said Walsh. Young people who can make a plan and see it through are successful in the long term, but it's something many lack.

This idea of fostering self-discipline by saying no ties into monitoring and understanding new technology, something that's difficult for parents and educators who are struggling to grasp the changes youth are so quick to pick up on.

Walsh was asked to speak at the convention because technology is the "hottest-button issue" for educators right now, said convention organizer and STA executive member John McGettigan.

"It's hard to compete with that technology when you're a teacher," he said.


Erin Walsh

Erin Walsh
Photograph by : SP Photo by Gord Waldner

"When they're listening to a teacher and it's not a multi-media presentation with people dying and naked women, it's hard to convince kids that this is a good way to learn as well."

Although Walsh pointed out the negative ramifications of technology on young people, she also told educators that technology can be used to educate and enlighten students.

Math teacher Krista Hayes has found a useful place for technology in her classroom. She teaches a cyber school class that uses online learning.

"It's a great opportunity for students who are self-motivated, independent learners," she said. "There are a lot of benefits."

But she says entertainment technologies should be used properly in class.

"We do have to develop some pretty strict policies about having technology in the classroom," she said.

Walsh says not all of the responsibility for monitoring technology and saying no should fall on educators.

"The last thing they can handle is another curriculum," she said. "A lot of it has to be done at home."

Walsh said while parents and teachers may feel like they're up against a "tidal wave of media," research shows a strong relationship between a child and an adult is the No.1 factor for success.

"Parents or concerned adults that have established an active connection with their kids or kids in their lives actually hold a really powerful sway in how kids make decisions." The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2007



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