It appears that thrusting their children in to their own schools - free from the contamination of the world- is finally coming slightly unstuck if the tone of this purge-like gathering in England and urgent missives demanding that children and their parents reacquaint themselves with the wishes of BDH viz 'relationships' and technology usage is anything to go by. They are about to be re-programmed.
Frankly , if I'm totally honest the public school system was much better. Cheaper, cleaner, easier. I was a Peeb kid at a Public school and there was no hope of me being contaminated by any of the little girls who went to that school because I was 'one of those weird Brethren kids.' We were treated as being slightly leprous and therefore, not cool. So no need for sexual education for me then.
But when you put boys and girls together on a level playing field (i.e. a PBCC School, free from worldly influences and prejudices) you uncork a potential situation that no thinking worldly teacher will stand against. Because you cannot repress the irrepressible.
Let's get one thing straight. Hormones are hormones. You cannot reverse a God created urge Mister Hales. We are designed to be attracted to each other from our teens. It is a fact of life. You felt it - when you sat on that beach with Jenny Greene. Even though you hadn't sinned since you were 12. (Like hell you didn't.)
And your kids are feeling it right now. And no amount of segregation in the school ground and lunch area will make a bit of difference. Lecture them all you like. It won't work. If you want to fix it - for a start you will have to have segregated schools. That is schools for boys and schools for girls. Then you will no doubt develop a homosexual problem which will be extremely distasteful on Tuesday nights as each new occurrence is aired.
In our day - Brethren girls could get married at 16. Some did. Not the smartest thing to do. We had one in our locality. Couldn't cook. Couldn't keep house. Shouldn't be getting pregnant because she knew nothing of motherhood despite belting one out for several years after her blessed union. Almost a cruel thing to allow to happen. Now they have to be 20. By then their hormones have been raging for so long they are practically an incendiary device.
These kids are denied a sex education - which is pretty bloody silly. I mean - I didn't have one either. All that did was serve to make me ignorant of several things until I was in my 20'sand introduce a level of ignorant rapaciousness that was probably dangerous. But you cannot ban the natural course of life. Which the Brethren and Mister Hales think they can through these purging/education sessions. "Mister Hales said I mustn't have special friendships with children my age - therefore I won't." Like hell they won't!
I recall another pair of Brethren kids who got together- their hormones rampant for a release of ordained normality. Sadly they were found out. Also sadly, they got pregnant. They were ripped out of school and shut up. As were their parents. Their siblings were whisked away lest they were in any way contaminated. They were made to marry. At 16! (Well she was). Which is a cruel way to start out in life. But it is the Brethren way. Tell 'em nothing and make them suffer if they do something they shouldn't. Makes sense!
So why not do what the world does. Let them have boyfriends and girlfriends. Educate them on sex and all the issues that worldly people do, so they know they have choices and that getting pregnant and married at 16 is NOT a clever thing to do, and let them grow up normally. It's that simple.
Then we come to that annoying old subject of IT. I've lost count of the warnings I have given BDH over this. Has he heeded my pleas of impending doom? Never! So it's come back to bite him on the bum.
So having been given the World Wide Web by Bruce Hales, (because he needed it for business, schools and making money), kids being kids, have picked it up at something approaching the speed of sound and run with it. Like all kids - they can download music and games, they can access movies and probably a whole lot more.
So how now- do you take it from them? You threaten them with the loss of everything they hold dear and make them listen to recorded messages on the rules again. That'll work. For a couple of weeks. Or three minutes. Whichever comes first.
The Web is an intoxicating thing Mister Hales. I'm on it now. I love it. And having given the Brethren permission to use it - your restricted, monitored, highly priced computers were only ever going to get the most minimal of workouts before the little darlings all toddled along to Harvey Norman themselves and bought the un-restricted models and their associated gadgetry. Try taking it off them now! Good luck with that. This is where the quest for money overtakes the rules of engagement. And no demands for allegiance to your hard and fast rules will make an iota of difference. They're hooked! You silly, silly, man.