This I Believe

Amanda - Chesterton, Indiana
Entered on May 1, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: children

I believe children are lazy. Wow, what a harsh statement, right? Maybe so, but it seems to me that children don’t just go outside and play til mom yelled anymore. On my block there are at least fifteen kids and everyday I see the same three playing with each other for maybe an hour. So, what are the other twelve doing? Playing video games, searching ‘Space, or just couch potatoeing their childhood away. How sad. I feel like our children are headed down a dangerous road, one of obesity, carelessness, and anti-socialism. Since “children are the future,” doesn’t it make sense that we, as parents and mentors, do something about it? It all really starts at home, go run with your kids! Get dirty! No, mud is not lethal, it hasn’t changed since you were little and I guarantee it hasn’t changed now.

Then we can blame the schools for their lack of education, what an oxymoron. Health class is all about AIDS and abstinence now, not “Hey, let’s eat healthy and exercise so we don’t die of stroke and heart attack!”, which, by the way, kills more Americans then AIDS! Yes, AIDS is a terrible disease and is something we should talk about, but it isn’t what is truly plaguing this nation. Students should be made to run that hard mile every week not every year, wiffle ball should NOT replace baseball!, and just because there is a chance of rain doesn’t mean we should play it safe and make them stay inside.

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that don’t let technology raise your kid, yes, there are ‘educational’ games out there, but there is nothing like teaching your child how to play catch, throw a frisbee, or just breathe some fresh air. I’m scared for my future!