Sunday, October 29, 2006

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.


  1. Anonymous6:35 PM

    As the father of a high school chaplain, Marcus at "HoltPress" I can only agree with you here Lee.

  2. Good to hear that, Peter! ;)

    I just believe it is so important to educate the young of today in all walks. As I commented, religious instruction once a week did us no harm. There was nothing wrong with the education system when I was going school! At least, I can spell, which is a lot more than I can say for the kids today...unfortunately. And I'm not to bad at maths, either, except when it comes to sticking to a budget! ;)

  3. If schools have counsellors, why would they need chaplains?
    And why should the state pay for church services?
    I'm not saying it's a bad idea, but I'm not saying it's a good one either.

  4. I don't believe that all schools do have religious counsellors, Aurelius.

    At the risk of not being politically correct...and I really don't give a damn anyway, as I never am politically's time our young people had some religious instructions/ this mixed-up world we live in today, where the Islamic fundementalists/radicals want to see the end of us and our traditions...our children should be given the opportunity to learn about the different religions...particularly those not given the chance to learn or urged to learn by their parent/s.

    All we hear about these days is the Muslim religion...I think it's time other religions shared the stage!

  5. And as for the state paying for far as I understand it is a Federal Government programme.

    I would rather have a Christian minister counsel a child of mine (if I had one) than Muslim cleric...there...I said it! Now jump on me!

  6. Or by a Buddhist counsellor....

  7. Anonymous4:34 AM

    Totally agree with you Lee, these are the teachings that we used to have in schools that reinforced what most children were taught at home as well. Ethics in all things, respect for others and other people's property. This resulted in grounded, confident human beings in my humble opinion. Further more those who wanted to reject these teachings did so anyway of "their own free will".This "let's take out all religious content from schools" is a form of censorship can the yelpers not see that....
    Political correctness has gone mad!

    Thanks for visit and comments on Cobb and Co, I will do a follow up in a couple of days on the history of. Cheers Margaret

  8. Anonymous4:38 AM

    I forgot to mention that not ALL children attended the religious instruction anyway, those who didn't wish to for what ever reasons used to do school work. I believ that would still work ! Cheers Margaret

  9. I totally agree with your comments, Margaret...well said. It's time to grab back some of those old and good values and practices!