We recently went to the local homeschooling convention to shop and listen to as many speakers as we could fit into our already busy schedule. We got to two of them (we’ll be buying more!) and the oddest thing was happening. Both speakers, for both talks , neither one related, said virtually the same thing. One talk was on raising “dangerous” boys in a safe society and the other was on the concept of “Nature Deficit Disorder”. I loved both talks, loved both speakers. One was a protestant minister, but his message was clear, his prayers honest, and his approach followable! The other was an author of a very popular curriculum that we were considering.
The odd thing was that they were both saying the same thing. Both of them. They said that 1. academics are NOT the most vital part of our homeschool day, learning is. 2. there should NOT be a television or gaming system within 100 feet of our house (more or less). It was such an eye opening thing for my husband and I (and our older children, as they were also there.) and something that we could see applying to our own household. You see, the first speaker was speaking about what kind of trash and filth the TV brought into our homes, filling it with false ideologies of masculinity and manhood and taking the attention away from the true masculinity that they should be learning from their father (and even mother). The second speaker spoke about how the TV was training our children’s brains to react in ways that were not healthy for our child, changing the way they processed information nearly permanently. Raising our children in a digital age has made this generation of children the sickest ever. Ever. They are no longer exposed to God’s glory in it’s truest form,what they’re seeing is pixellated and processed for them. The only sounds they are hearing are digitized, not whole and complete, but pixellated. We are creating short circuits and sensory problems. Creating them! With our lifestyle!!
This hits home in a particularly profound way as we deal with a child with SPD and work to make every day more livable for him, and for us. We can see, looking back and evaluating our lives through the years, that our oldest children were the happiest, enjoyed being outside more and were more easily teachable. The difference? Oh, about 180 channels. We’ve not canceled the extended TV package yet, but we’ve had the TV off a LOT more than usual. It’s already making a difference. We’ve realized that if there’s something on TV that would be good to watch for school we can watch it online, or even possibly get it from Netflix! There is just no reason at this point to keep this thing and allowing it to poison our family anymore.
We’re taking baby steps, we are hoping to cancel the extended channels within the next couple of months. We can’t get rid of the box altogether, it’s really too dangerous, in our opinion, to go without access to news if needed in this part of the country. Tornado season is a very real threat and we don’t want to go into it unarmed. However, that only requires having local channels. Something we can easily do. So we’re on a quest to make the most of our life TV free. There are other things to do, outside, or even in, that will keep us busy and do a better job of helping us in our mission to lead each other to Christ. We are working to hold more under the tough scrutiny of “does this build the Body of Christ or destroy it?” . The crystal clear answer about the television is one of destruction and vice, not worth polluting our home with.