Back To The Future...
I see nothing wrong with John Howard's plan to fund religious counsellors to schools across this country.
As a child going to school in Gympie, every Monday morning a minister of the Presbyterian Church came in to give us a lesson. I'm sure it did none of us any harm. As children, my brother and I attended Sunday School every Sunday morning. That didn't do us any harm, either. I wonder how many kids today go to Sunday School. There would be many who don't, I hazard to guess, so having access to religious counsellors in schools can do no harm, in my opinion.
Many of our young today are growing up with little or no religious instruction and with little or no instruction from their parents on anything!
I think in the tenuous times we live now, a lot of our youth are misguided, lacking in values (most times not their fault) and are wandering around aimlessly, therefore they are choosing the wrong road, and learning the 'hard' way from their mistakes. Some will never learn from their mistakes and will continue repeating them, over and over and over again. But we must never lose sight of the majority of kids out there, who are good kids. Every bit of guidance children can be given throughout their growing years has to be important.
I'm not a 'bible-basher'. I'm not a church-goer. I believe our young have to be helped along the right track of life. There are a lot of broken homes out there with single parents or parents with multiple partners coming and going...what chance do some of these kids have? Very little chance, I believe. If having a religious counsellor in schools helps in some way, no matter how small, it has to be a good thing.