Skip to main content

View Diary: Books So Bad They're Good: Whack Your Child for Jesus! (72 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I'm almost tempted to wonder if it's cultural (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    etbnc, RiveroftheWest

    and/or regional in part. A book I really have to read is Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer. The kind of mindset and attitudes embued by culture and passed down through families I think are a factor in whether or not the ideas these people have about child raising find acceptance.

    If you look at how the mores differ between the Puritans, the Cavaliers, the Quakers, and the Borderers, you can see where this kind of child abuse is most likely to find fertile ground.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 10:44:11 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  Well, the teacher I had issues with (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      xaxnar, RiveroftheWest

      was Southern,  I grew up in New England, and never had a problem with the nuns or lay teachers there. NEVER. This broad played favorites, which is very Southern, and she didn't handle kids who weren't clones of her well. The SOuth is very judgmental and has narrow levels of acaptable behavior. I still don't do well here--I am WIccan, red-headed, and a liberal/.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:05:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  This teacher was by far the worst (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        RiveroftheWest, xaxnar, irishwitch

        She literally would not call on the girls in the class until she'd gone through all the boys, most of whom either couldn't or wouldn't answer.  Ever.  It was an awful year, and permanently wrecked me for mathematics, much to my father's sorrow.

        •  I suspect Miss F was responsible for my lack (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          RiveroftheWest

          of enthusiasm for math.  And what kind of sadist would inflict the casts of the bodies from Pompeii to 8-year-olds? I was lucky on the boy/girl end. None of the teachers I had shwoed favoritism that way--of course, I attended girls' schools from 7th grade on...

          The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

          by irishwitch on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 07:56:27 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  It's pretty dry, but well worth reading (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      xaxnar

      It explains a lot about American regionalism.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site