The editorial which I published on Street-Hockey (January 8, 2002) elicited quite a few responses. Except for one that was wishy-washy, and sort of agreed with my sentiments under certain conditions, all the rest were 100% supportive.
The general feeling from the responses I received, was that parents are setting the wrong example, and are indeed corrupting the moral standards of their children.
It is not about Street-Hockey and a Canadian tradition. It is all about respect.
Here is a slightly edited and shortened version of a letter I received from Ed Sieb, who wrote from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
“I remember the many times I was publicly scolded by my mom, while out shopping or out in public. If I did something wrong, I’d be “corrected” and scolded right then and there”.
“Back in the fifties and sixties, when I was growing up, it was common to see mothers and fathers publicly scolding and disciplining their kids right out in the open. In fact, it wasn’t uncommon to have a stranger publicly scold someone else’s child, and have the mother (or father) of that child join in, and even thank the stranger”!
Discipline and proper upbringing of kids was considered a common societal effort, and everyone understood the need for it. Today, that situation is so rare, as to be considered unusual and even “extreme”.
By Ed Sieb