“It Takes a Village” is a popular saying these days, but that’s what we actually lived in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Children did not have to be afraid, and parents did not have to be afraid for them.
All the adults looked out for all the children. In the summertime, we could walk for miles to visit family or friends-as long as we were back home before the street lights came on. You never heard of a child being kidnapped or killed. Heck, you never heard of an adult being kidnapped or killed, either!
Children were protected. We were allowed to have a care-free childhood.
We were not allowed in the business of the adults. We never heard talk of sex, worry about bills or money, or threats of divorce. We didn’t see brutal violence perpetrated one against another.
The “village” protected all children.
When children went into a store, they did not see “girlie” magazines anywhere. Those publications were kept behind the counter, and men had to ask for them. Children were protected.
Children watched television, so television programs did not show people having sex, and it did not show brutal violence. They saw hugs and kisses-that’s it. The cowboys shot each other in the arm or leg or shot the gun out of each other’s hands. Sometimes someone was shot in the back, but children never saw anyone get shot in the head! Children were protected.
There is no way for children’s minds to intellectually and/or properly process visions of sex and/or violence.
Children must be protected.
And children must be educated. Well educated.
Each generation is responsible for the generation coming behind it.
We can’t blame the children for being “bad” or “stupid.” Ill-behaved and ignorant children are made, not born.
By teaching manners and insisting on academic achievement, we improve the present generation and make it better for the next generation.
It takes no money to teach manners. And it doesn’t take a lot of money to teach a child to read and write-just the cost of paper and pencil.
We can all help the children in our families. We can broaden the scope to include our extended families and our neighborhoods.
We ARE the “Village.”
Once children learn to read and write, they can become better thinkers.
Stop. Look around. Listen.
Do you think we need the next generations to be better thinkers?
A glimpse into the past may help us to accomplish that and build a better future for our children and ourselves.