I believe that something has been lost in the last 30-50 years.
Certainly great strides have been made in regards to children, but it seems as though we have picked up a lot of junk along the way. And we have lost some of the good stuff.
Kids today are safer with more effective car seats, strollers that are less likely to tip over, safer cars, and all kinds of legal protections. However, in decades past, parents (usually dads) taught their kids about hunting, fishing, and camping. Religious training, respect for the country and the importance of individual freedoms were part of the education children received at home. Today, it seems as though freedom of speech has given way to political correctness, education about firearms, self-defense and hunting/fishing has given way to ‘safety’ and environmentalism, and religious training is shunned out of the concern that one will be labeled a religious extremist.
“Retro” refers to my desire to clean the junk out. I’m not interested in going back to “children should be seen and not heard.” Children have an innate creativity from which we could all learn — and I have every intention of doing so. However, I want to see higher expectations and more discipline demanded of children — within the framework of the cognitive developmental processes that occur (something that I believe is ignored in progressive education).
I don’t want my children to live in fear of saying the wrong thing, thereby being labeled as an extremist or hate-monger. I don’t want them to live in fear of the consequences of defending themselves against bullies and tyrants. And I most certainly do not want them growing up blaming other people for their successes or failures. Rather, I intend to raise my children to have the skills to defend themselves, to be self-disciplined thinkers and to take responsibility for their actions. I want them to speak their mind, love their country and to stand up for what they believe. I want them to work hard, respect hard work, to enjoy the fruits of their labors, and to never believe the rhetoric that one should be given something that they did not earn. When I say retro, this is what I mean!