|News Flash: DISCIPLINE DEFICIENT DISORDER: .....PARENTS, TEACHER AND SOCIETY CREATING A NEW LIFE DISEASE IN CHILDREN IN TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETIES|
Posted by Champaklal Dajibhai Mistry on December 16, 2008
TECHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY TRAPS PARENTING & EDUCATORS
DISCIPLINE DEFICIT DISORDER
IN LATE 2OTH AND 21ST CENTURY
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
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
PVAF TO TEACH DISCIPLINED LIFE TO CHILDREN BECAUSE AS PER 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:
- 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...
- 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
- 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
- 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
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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
DISCIPLINE DEFICIT DISORDER:
A malady for children
Lack of discipline caused by explosion of technology
Saskatoon StarPhoenix: February 13, 2007:Jeanette
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
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
"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
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
Erin Walsh lists some symptoms of the so-called
"discipline deficit disorder,":
disrespect among young people,
- growing impatience and
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
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
"It's hard to compete with that technology when you're a
teacher," he said.
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
Math teacher Krista Hayes has found a useful place for
technology in her classroom. She teaches a cyber school class that uses
"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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