Teach Your Children Well!

18 02 2013

History_of_UNCG_imageAt the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, there was interest in a managing system which is the subject of my book, Effective Environmental, Health and Safety Management Using the Team Approach. As a result, I was invited to address a group representing senior staff and faculty at the University. Those present included the Vice President of the University, one of the Deans, the Assistant Safety and Health Manager and one of the professors who was there to represent the faculty. The plan was for me to spend 30 minutes to provide a description of how the system works and what it would take for me to come and conduct the training needed.

Not 10 minutes into my presentation, the faculty representative interrupted and told me the system would never work at UNCG. I asked why he thought that.

“There’s something about a university you don’t understand,” he said. Then, holding his right hand about chest high, he said, “Here you have the university president.” Then moving his hand up to about chin high, he went on, “here you have God.” Then raising his hand above his head, he said, “and here you have the faculty. I can tell you the faculty will never participate in this system and without us it won’t work.”

He was right about one thing, there was something about a university I did not understand; that being, who is in charge at the university. I was surprised when the vice president sat there and said nothing-no, “he’s right, Mr. Taylor,” or “No, Professor Aerie Gant, we think it’s a good plan to reduce worker injuries and we plan to implement it.” Instead, the VP simply sat there with his tail tucked between his legs.

How could anyone be so rude and arrogant?

Because he said there was something about A university and not THIS university that I didn’t understand, I could only surmise that he was speaking for all universities. While it may not be that way at all universities, I have no doubt it is that way at many-faculty members viewing themselves to be greater than the Great Almighty.

Rooted in Christian Values

Now, the purpose of this post is not to denigrate college faculty regardless of what they might think of themselves or God. Instead, it is to give you a warning. If you have children attending an institution of learning at any level, and you haven’t already figured it out, you need to. If you want your children to continue the Christian values you’ve worked so hard to instill in them throughout their formative years, then you’d better be sure to drive those values deep into their little minds because there are many instructors at every level who do not share our beliefs when it comes to our God, our country and our way of life.

A single coat of paint is easily sanded or worn off. But a good stain penetrates deep into the wood and cannot be removed. Drive your values deep so neither their peers nor some liberal, socialist teacher can remove them and change the way your children believe. Have family prayer time-not just around the table at meal time but spend time-sharing and discussing God’s Word. Make God the center of your family and the center of your home. Be persuasive without being forceful.

By the time your kids turn 18, they believe they know everything there is to know and are ready to get out of the nest and spread their wings. They can become easy prey to peers and professors who actually believe the words to The Big Bang Theory theme song are true. While you still have some modicum of control, remember the words of Crosby, Stills and Nash-“Teach Your Children Well.” Or better yet, think of what Moses said in Deuteronomy 6- These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”

Happy parenting!

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