More Thoughts on Suicide and the Jason Foundation

Recently I had to take some online training for being a teacher with the Jason Foundation. This prompted me to think about their claims that Suicide is a Bad Choice. In other words, when it comes to telling other children not to commit suicide, the best reason they could give was that it was a “bad choice.” They could not give any rationale for the reason it was a bad choice, which shows the emptiness of their worldview.

I know that the people at the Jason Foundation are trying to be noble in their attempts to reduce teen suicide. After all, the founder lost his own son to suicide. However, unless they are going to look at the truth of the matter through the lens of biblical principles, they really have no moral standing whatsoever. What makes this even worse is that they are fighting for legislation that would make teachers more responsible for the mental well-being of the potential suicide perp. As if somehow, a teacher, who gets maybe three minutes a day with each student can observe the potential for suicide in their students.

The problem is that no one will really stand up against this legislation and teachers will be burdened with becoming health-care professionals without the training or the pay to go with it. The legislation will be put forth under the guise of “if it saves just one more teen” and everyone will get all sappy and agree and the responsibility of mental health for teens… will be on the teachers of America. This is done under the often abused term in the teaching field known as loco parentis. It’s a Latin term meaning the teachers are the ones who are actually the parents. It’s a load of crap, but alas, it’s hard to tell the king that he is naked when all his court is naked as well.

Teachers are not the child’s parents, and unless you give us full authority for that responsibility, do not give us the responsibility. Quite frankly, we don’t want the responsibility. We are already burdened enough with the state mandated rules and regulations. After teaching for just 12 weeks in the public schools, I’m overwhelmed at the requirements. But that is another blog post for another day.

The reality is that we do not need the Jason Foundation petitioning our legislature to add more responsibility for the well-being of our teens. This responsibility for the well-being of our teens needs to rest where it should always rest: with the parents. They need to be responsible for their children, not the state. God gave them their children, and gave them the responsibility for their children. If the state takes that responsibility, our children will suffer even more so, and the reasons for suicide will definitely increase, for the state will no longer be able to say that suicide is a “bad choice.”


9 thoughts on “More Thoughts on Suicide and the Jason Foundation

  1. You wrote – “Teachers are not the child’s parents, and unless you give us full authority for that responsibility, do not give us the responsibility.”

    Best string of words I have read in a long time.


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    • pms,
      I agree with you. That one sentence summarizes the heart of the issue. Behind the notion is another phrase from a few years ago, It takes a village to raise a child.

      The worldview of America gives ultimate responsibility for children to the State. There’s no two ways about it – parents are just not good enough.

      Can you see how far outside of the mainstream Biblical Christians have become?

      Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

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      • I beg to differ: it is the parents who abdicated their responsibility to the Nanny State, and, indeed, created it. Values, sex education, and “character” are formed around the table and at church, but it was parents who insisted on schools instilling such and are shocked at their effectiveness. Having had many public school teachers in my family, I’ve heard all the tales of “helicopter parents” who harrass teachers over their little Einstein’s deservedly bad grades, but otherwise act as though parental responsibility ends with their kids boarding and exiting the school bus. These same parents then think they can bury the problems of family and culture under piles of other people’s money by turning the education system into a fiscal black hole – all the while griping about their property taxes. Virtually all problems with education eventually come down to parents.

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      • Hi Kirk, I think most of us would agree with your over all assessment of the situation. Parents need to be parents, and take responsibility for their children. But stating the problem and solving it are two different beasts all together. I’m quite at a loss as to solving the problem.


      • I propose the first step is for administrators and teachers to act on their corporate y-chromosomes and start telling off helicopter parents and their obnoxious kids. Parents who give a rip about discipline and order need to make their voices heard at school board meetings and at parent-teacher meetings, showing support for teachers who exercise firmness and fairness, thereby creating a climate in which all sides are in mutual accountability.


      • Hi Kirk,

        My comment may have been less clear than it might have been. I agree with you – parents are responsible. American parents for many decades now have trusted society/schools/etc to instill morals and values, assuming that those morals and values are generally Christian. They’ve been deceived.

        The worldview of America is what the corporations and government instill – not what I believe, nor what you seem to believe either.

        What do we do about it? That’s less easy to figure out. But at least thinking about it is a good start. How many Christian parents even do that?

        Happy Thanksgiving.


  2. @Alec: thnaks for your clarification. As anhomeschooling father my wife and I – and many others in our boat – have done an awful lot of thinking on this issue, and concluded that the State has no right to educate at all. Universal public education at the expense of taxpayers is one of the banes inherited from the Puritans, but one heich finds no support in Scripture. As Dr Demming pointed out, systems produce the results they were designed to give, so tweeking this and fiddling with that will not solve the dilemma of modern (non-) education. Christians so opposed to sacrificing children on Moloch’s altar need to be more mindful about not sending their own bairns to Moloch’s School.


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