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.”