if child or baby makes noise escorted to back room??? NO!!!!! wot!!!!!!! do you mean they would lovingly ask you to take the child to settle him/her down??
I cant believe im hearing this....
I sense some sarcasm here... (maybe not...saw a later post by AE that explains her thought further)
A crying baby being taken out is one thing, but what's not really covered in this thread is that children, including infants, were to be completely quiet and following along as best they can during the meeting. Of course infants can't follow along, but it was counseled that toys were not to be brought into the hall, even infant toys that keep babies occupied.
Now, you try to keep a baby, toddler or even a 5 year old still in his seat for two hours without something to keep him occupied other than a picture of a dinosaur in an old green NWT bible.
But it doesn't end there. If a parent took a child to the back because they were being fussy, they weren't supposed to camp out back there. They were supposed to take them back, discipline them and then return. As one CO put it...children should not be trained to think that the back room is a fun place to go...they should learn to fear it, because it means they were misbehaving.
What it boils down to is that the Society refuses to accept what most other churches and schools learned generations ago...children have a limited attention span and cannot be expected to remain still and quiet the same as an adult (hell most adults can't either). That's why they created different settings for children, so they can learn at their pace and the parents can enjoy the service without distraction.
For the Society it isn't so much teaching children as it is indocrtinating them.