Does Your Kid Know the Bottom Line?

Bottom Line

We live in a fast paced world that communicates with sound bites. That is a tough environment to learn how to make decisions, especially if you value morality. We have literally millions of options on how to fill our schedules and our minds. This seems beneficial from some perspectives, but it is detrimental in some, and particularly in one. That is the area I call “value depth.” Studies show that teens and pre-teens as a group have much fewer decision-making values than just 20 short years ago. The decision-making values foundation is a set of predetermined values that are in place mentally, that allow people to come to decisions based on a value system rather than a feeling or popularity. They are missing the bottom line value.

Kids from generations past knew the bottom line on why or why not something was acceptable or permitted. That is not the case with a surprisingly high number of Americans ranging in age from 10 to 20 years of age.

Some people attribute that to so many “mental options.” Here’s an example. The golden rule could be quoted all across the country 40 years ago, and according to an article I read last week, it’s estimated that less than 10% of kids from 12 to 18 years old know it today. There is an entire generation walking around who cannot say the pledge of allegiance! You can for one reason…you were exposed to it day after day in school. And I bet looking back you’re glad you were!

The bottom line is that you have to give kids the bottom line. We believe this way because of this fact. We vote for this because the Bible teaches this…and so on. In a world of millions of choices, they need the bottom line to help them make hundreds of every day decisions.

I met a firefighter last year who told me he was a former history teacher, but he decided to quit the education business because he was fed up with kids not “knowing how to think anymore.”  I’m suggesting they don’t know what to think…too many “options.” They need bottom lines that guide all other decisions.

Hosea 4:6 – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”


About Kris Hogan

With a 16-year educational tenure under his belt, Kris Hogan has spent the last nine years working at Grapevine Faith High School in Grapevine, Texas. In addition to sitting on its administrative team, Hogan also pulls double duty as Faith’s head football coach. Hogan also was the subject of Remember Why You Play, a 2008 book by sports columnist and author David Thomas that chronicled the lives, struggles and successes of Coach Hogan and his team. READ MORE→