Kanye, Joe & Serena speak to homeschoolers

What in the world is happening to common manners in this country? United States representative Joe Wilson screams “You Lie!” at the president of the United States who was speaking before a joint session of congress. Then tennis champion Serena Williams repeatedly drops the f-bomb on a poor line judge in front of tens of millions of television viewers. And then Kanye West (who I don’t really know but I’m told he is famous for something or other) grabs the microphone from VMA award-winner Taylor Swift and goes off on a rant while the world watches.

What does that tell us as homeschoolers? Well, for one thing it tells us that civility is apparently a thing of the past in this country. Public schools obviously aren’t doing much to teach decency and common manners as Joe and Kanye attest. And sadly, even some homeschoolers apparently aren’t getting the message either as evidenced by Serena’s obscenity-laced tirade. So I guess it’s up to US to teach our children differently.

Proverbs 21:23 reminds us that “he who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.” As everyone in the western hemisphere seemed to have something critical to say about Kanye West, including President Obama who called West “a jackass” (looks like even the President could use some manners and civility!) that verse seems to be true. True too for representative Wilson who was censured on Tuesday by the US House of Representatives for his flagrant outburst. There certainly seems to be enough “calamity” to go around for this week’s big mouths!

James 1:19 says, “everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…” Perhaps Serena would have done well to remember that before she threatened the line judge in the US Open!

We all need to be reminded that controlling our temper, controlling our tongue and obeying the rules of common decency are an essential part of a well-rounded education. Talk with your children today about the importance of these fundamental skills that even a 3-year-old can begin to master.

And remember these important truths in your own life as well: In how you speak to your husband, your children, other family members and more. The world needs living witnesses of civility- now more than ever!

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      Sheri said,

      absolutely!! There is far too much “well I have a right for people to know how I feel”, going on lately. Kanye is a rapper and a very rude one at that. He also apparently took the mic. from Pres. Obama on the 14th. (I read that article with such disbelief that I am still not sure if it was tongue in cheek)


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