Posted by MG on May 12, 2010 at 11:52:44
In Reply to: Re: I guess you would need some dialogue with posted by Ananda Nobre on May 11, 2010 at 16:21:00:
Reading about your childhood in the late 80ís and early 90ís as a child first in Brazil and then Argentina brought back a lot of memories of my own. Iím not an SG but I was in Brazil in í89 for more than 3 years in one of the Familyís school combo home. (Maybe if I describe some of my memories it will help bring back some memories that have blocked)
I was a full-time teacher in this school and very involved in the whole operation. Our school had children up to Jett age, which was from about 9 to 13 years old. We didnít have a teen group, as the teens went to the teen Combo in Rio, where it was supposed to be better for them Ö separated from their parents in their own peer group, supervised, trained and taught by people that had a supposed ďanointingĒ to be teen shepherds.
And separating children from their parents also was done in the School-Combos. Children stayed with their group and teachers all day until 1 to 2 hours of ďparent timeĒ after dinner in the evenings. This was how it was done not only in the combo I was in, and in Argentina, but world-wide in all Family schools, because the model on how to organize a school combo came from the top, Berg, Maria and Family leadership. There were a lot of publications on how to do it, and a lot of videos too. It seems like most of the videos came from a big combo in Japan which was called the Heavenly City School.
As soon as a child was about 1 1/2 or 2 years old they didnít sleep in their parentís room anymore and they joined the toddler group, there were also separate groups for YCs (younger children), and then there was the OC (older children) group, and after that the Jett group or pre-teens. In a combo each group had their own room to sleep in, usually bunk beds, in some of the combos these bunks were triple. One of their teacher-shepherds slept with them in the same room.
Combo life started with devotions after breakfast, then some JJT (that was Jesus Job Time), house chore work, then school. School time would begin with studying Family publications, quite often Bergís endtime prophecy teachings, etc. After there was school, learning the 3 Rís, reading, writing and arithmetic. Most schools used the Super Workbook as a textbook and Uncle Danís math videos. If you were 3 in í86, by the time the Combo schools were in full swing from í89 into most of the 90ís then you would have been first in a YC group then an OC group. You might remember the Super Workbooks and Uncle Dan. In fact he was in Argentina and maybe he taught you mathematics in person.
I was a brainwashed FG, and as a teacher Iím responsible for brainwashing SG children in the Family schools I was part of. Iím sorry for it, I donít have any excuses, I take responsibility, and I apologize once again. Iíve taken action whenever I could, for example sending an affidavit for a legal case to help an SG win at least partial custody for his children that his ex wife was keeping in the Family.
For a long time I didnít have a good relationship with my daughter, who left the Family before I did so that she could go to University. It took some time, but things are better now.
I hope this helps. I have a son who a little older than you, heís been out of the Family even longer than his sister, heís got a good job now, but remains single like his sister. His memories from the school combo in Brazil are about swimming, playing football, and things like that. We did have a big swimming pool.
I donít know if any of this helps you at all and I wish you the best.
Thanks for posting here.
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