It occurred to me while watching the local news today that one way to keep your children close by is to teach them habits that make it impossible for them to function in the world at large. I was thinking specifically of bigotry today – if you raise your child a bigot they won’t be able to go forth and function – so you’ll keep them very close by you and in whatever circumstance you function in as a bigot. It’s very sad.
I would think any parent would want their child to be able to function in any circumstance. But, obviously, that is not the case.
The Amish are right in this regard. They don’t believe in school past the 8th grade because that gives children “worldly” ideas. Same principle – different application.