Monday, April 10, 2006
Have you no shame?
Leonard Pitts column today mentions the fact that Barry Bonds has no sense of shame about cheating - you know, the steroid use thing.
That's funny because I was thinking I haven't heard about shame since the big deal was making kids feel good about themselves. Let's not embaras kids y pointing out the fact that they have done something wrong.
So now one has asked a kid "Aren't you ashamed of yourself?" in years. To stay with fashion trends young girls feel no shame about showing body parts that don't need to be seen in public. Students feel no shame in lifting information from the internet and claiming the work is their own. Our president has no shame in making up excuses for the mistakes he's made in the 6 years.
I think that's enough.
I think we need to be back in shame mode. I thihnk we should use the word more and explain to young people what it means.
When a child acts out (the new word for misbehaving in public) he should be told "Shame on you." When a girl looks like an advertizement for a porn flick in public, she should be asked "Aren't you ashamed of yourself for dressing that way?"
We should mention shame and tell young people it is NOT a good thing to bring shame on themselves or others.
After all, there is no shame in teaching the right thing.