A devotional sent to me this morning began with an observation of certain signs directed to parents. We’ve all seen variations on these:

“Children left unattended will be given an expresso and a free kitten.”

“Never leave child unattended.”

“We are not responsible for unattended children.”

There seems to be almost constant reminders that children need supervision, direction — attention — from parents. Yet this attention, for many, seems to be too much work. This is why 1 in 4 children conceived are killed in the womb. And now social engineers are discussing the possibility of post-natal abortion, or legalized infanticide. In other words, a trial period to decide if the baby you just brought home from the hospital is going to be worth the work to raise, worth his parents’ attention.

There have been lots of stories in the news locally about the roles of schools and teachers in the lives of children. Some teachers call themselves “co-parents”! They take it upon themselves to comment on the home life and parenting abilities of the children’s biological and legal care-givers. At least, as far as I know, parents are still the legal guardians of children. You wouldn’t know it if you read a newspaper lately.

Maybe those “never leave children unattended” signs should be posted on school doors. If it really is the parents’ responsibility to attend their children, why does our society discourage it? Why is there so much pressure to leave our kids to the attention of so-called experts — the same ones who say that a newborn baby may not have a moral right to life?

Another story caught my attention lately, where a young man wrote an essay encouraging a view of beauty and worth that had nothing to do with appearance. He was told by his school authorities that it was “judgmental” and to change it, but not only did he stand by what he wrote (and I read it — it is *not* judgmental in the least!), but he copied and circulated it in his school cafeteria. For this, he was suspended. So much for encouraging leadership, for supporting a student’s stand against bullying, or developing a policy of modesty and critical thinking.

If this is a typical example of what we can expect from schools (and I have seen nothing to think otherwise), is it any wonder our kids have problems? The mixed messages, the undermining of parents, and the lack of regard for anything remotely resembling Biblical morals and values make schools a scary place to be.

Never leave children unattended. Mine aren’t — and won’t be, especially at a school!