Thursday, July 01, 2004

The Non-Sensical "No TV" Rule

Two words: GET REAL. Almost everyone has a TV.
If you think that the 300+ students in your school don't wake up to TV and go to bed with TV, climb out of your cave.
More and more religious schools are jumping on the bandwagon of not accepting students with a TV in their homes. What's the outcome? They're making people lie to get their kids into a school. If they don't lie, their children end up in the one school left that takes people with TVs in their houses, and every other person who applies, which may be a bad influence on otherwise wholesome kids. These kids are wholesome if their parents refused to lie.
I believe "honesty is the best policy." That's what G-d wants from us. He doesn't want us to lie. So why would these so-called religious schools MAKE PEOPLE LIE???
In all these Bais Yaakov schools, you mention Spongebob Squarepants, half the class perks up. You mention Arthur (which is on free TV), the kids start listing the other characters on the show. That means their parents had to lie to get them into a school with a bunch of other kids whose parents had to lie.
I understand TV is not the best form of entertainment. Once you accept the children knowing they have a TV, you can try to influence them otherwise, and teach them why TV is bad. Not just that it is.
So stop making people lie. Accept people with TVs, and take it from there.


At 12/13/2005 6:04 PM, Anonymous chani said...

So true. I've always hated that question. It's so stupid! They must know they're causing people to lie. I mean, anyone who have a t.v., plans on keeping it, & wants to send their child to a good school has a choice of lying & saying they don't have a t.v., or lying & saying they have 1, but of course they'll get rid of it. Do you know anyone who actually got rid of their t.v. permanently because of this?


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