On the education of the young, translated…
One day, as I’d picked my sixth grade daughter up from school, she’d told me happily, that a classmate was having a birthday party, that he’s taking everybody in the class out for steaks next Wednesday.
I thought, which parents have the money, to take out an entire class, the cost must run up high. A few of the parents from the same community, after learning about this, started discussing, whether or not to shop for presents, and whether or not they should allow their children to go.
The birthday party came quick, on Tuesday, I’d gone to pick out a present, and picked my daughter up afterschool, she’d told me in disappointment, that the birthday party was delayed until after mid-terms, because the parents were sending her older sister to France to study, it was canceled.
After I’d heard, I started wondering, that the dates for sending the daughter aboard should’ve already been set, plus, can you cancel the reservations at the restaurant instantaneously?
After the mid-terms, the kids started discussing when they’re going out for steak again, the teacher called the parents who were supposedly throwing this party, and the parents said, that the child didn’t have an older sister, that he wasn’t going to France, nor was the throwing of the birthday party discussed. Turns out, that the child made the whole thing up, and he managed to trick the rest of his classmates, his teachers, along with the other kids’ parents as well.
Later on, one day, this student who’d lied to everybody had an early leave, the teacher asked around the class, to see how many of the classmates had been in the same class as the child, and, a few of them raised their hands, and told everybody else, that this, was not the first time that this kid had done something like this. The entire class got mad at the few of them, “Why didn’t you tell us? Allowing us to get tricked like that.” Actually, nobody lost any money, it’s just that all the kids’ expectations fell out. And, some of the parents claimed that it’s great that the party wasn’t thrown, due to the recent food crises.
My daughter couldn’t believe, that she was scammed in school, that her expectations fell out. I’d reminded her, that school is a microcosm of the world, that after she goes out into the world, there would be, more scams like this, that she must have a good heart, and to not want anything that doesn’t belong to her, and maybe, she could, reduce the chances of getting scammed.
And so, it’s still the parents’ fault, perhaps, the parents spoiled the kid, made him think that he could get away with murder, and so, he blurted out that promise, got the whole class going, and he became the center of everybody’s attention, and that made him feel special, who knows, but, it’s this bad behavior that the parents overlooked that will, end up, screwing this kid over in the future, and the parents doesn’t seem to pay any heed to their son’s bad behaviors.