A while back, one of my friends told a story about a teacher who had been threatened by an irate parent. Why? Because she dared to discipline that parent’s child. No hand touched the child. The teacher merely corrected the child’s negative behavior.

In response, another friend told a story about a teacher getting hit by one of the kids in her class. When she reported the behavior to the parent, the parent scoffed and looked at the child. “You wouldn’t hit her, would you?” And that was it. The parent walked off with the child and never said another word about it.

While I feel for those teachers, the ones I really feel for are those kids. What are they learning? Certainly not to take responsibility for their actions and to respect authority. Children raised to think they are never wrong are a menace to society. Society requires rules, but what happens when individuals start believing the rules only apply to everyone else? Nothing good.

When I was young, if you got in trouble at school, it was twice as bad at home. Trouble at school, or anywhere, was a big deal. My mom even had me call and apologize once for not telling someone thank you for taking me to Arby’s. (Obviously, I remember the incident, and I made sure to tell people thank you after that and was often told what a polite person I was.) Calling the person was embarrassing, but it built character and character was what mattered.

I wonder if it is fear that keeps parents from disciplining their children. Are they afraid the kids won’t love them anymore? Or is it a manner of pride? Do parents not want to admit their child is wrong because it might reflect upon them? Or is there something else? What do you think?