It is quite a challenge for most adults to sit through even two hours of a boring, mind-numbing JW meeting; listening to a succession of badly-educated speakers, delivering by monotone the same spiel we have heard already - one zillion times before!
To expect a small child to sit quietly through the same is whatever is worse than ridiculous;
- do these idiots not realize that children have a short attention span at the best of times?
- and furthermore, when it comes to matters of which they haven't a clue (e.g. the subjects covered at most JW meetings), a child's attention span is practically non existent.
No wonder two thirds of the JW children give the religion away as soon as they can - the miracle is that even one third remain with the cult.
Full marks to those other churches that provide seperate activities for children:
- activites that are geared for their level of development, and consequently capture the child's interest.
- which at the end of the day, results in a child actually coming home having learned something positive.
(Contrast that with the experience of a typical JW child:
- unlikely to retain anything positive from attending a meeting at the kingdom hell hall.
- quite likely, though, to come home sporting bruises or other marks from corporal punishment!)
While I am no fan of the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) either, at least their retention rate makes that of the JWs look stupid by comparison.
All this is evidently too much for the old fossils of the Governing Body to comprehend:
- it is disappointing, though, that JW parents don't wake up to themselves over this matter; as they at least are in a position to make a choice.
PS: I cannot thank my father enough for resisting the pressure from his JW parents, to bring us three children up as JWs. Yuk!