If it takes a village to raise a child, then we have all failed them!

Dear Editor,

The recent passing of the Queen affected me more than I thought it would. I teared up when I watched the memorials and the recounts of her life. But what I think upset me the most was the disrespect I’ve witnessed by the younger generations.

When I was a young girl, we would sing both the Canadian anthem and God Save the Queen every morning in school, her picture was in every classroom I entered, and we were taught pride in our Queen and country. I’m not sure we can say that anymore.

If it takes a village to raise a child, then we have all failed them! Today’s children are wandering lost, and without guidance. Like little sponges they soak up everything they see and hear, and unfortunately, most of it comes from the internet. I believe pride and respect are learned; we are not born with it. Children aren’t being taught how to be civil in this “civil”ization, as there are no longer consequences to their actions. With both parents being forced to work, it has been left up to the schools to raise our children. But the hands of the teachers have been tied. No longer can they hold a child back if they feel it is required, or reprimand them when they get out of line. Teachers aren’t even allowed to speak to the parents with any concerns they may have.

The Queen was our monarch, her family helped build this country. I know mistakes were made, but they did what they thought best at the time. Whether or not you agree with Canada having a monarch, please remember, she was still a human being, a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and ruled for 70 years. The woman has earned our respect!

Amanda Richards

Three Hills, AB