Jehovah’s Witness children are discouraged from pursuing higher education and many are even home-schooled.
“…as a young person, you will never fulfill any career that this system offers. If you are in high school and thinking about a college education, it means at least four, perhaps even six or eight more years to graduate into a specialized career. But where will this system of things be by that time? It will be well on the way toward its finish, if not actually gone!”May 22, 1969, Awake!
Children in Jehovah’s Witness congregations are also strongly discouraged if not outright forbidden from having friendships and associations with anyone outside the religion. “Worldly” persons, meaning those who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses, are also spoken of in very unflattering, downright frightening terms.
“While some contact with worldly people is unavoidable-at work, at school, and otherwise-we must be vigilant so as to keep from being sucked back into the death-dealing atmosphere of this world. … Let the world go along in its way, reaping its bad fruitage in the form of broken homes, illegitimate births, sexually transmitted diseases, such as AIDS, and countless other emotional and physical woes.”September 15, 1987, Watchtower
Stories abound of children in the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses being spanked and otherwise physically punished for a wide variety of so-called shortcomings.
“It shows real love on the part of a parent to do whatever he can to correct his child, including spanking him.”September 15, 1973, Watchtower
Jehovah’s Witness women are encouraged to consider staying with abusive men in the hopes of converting them, and Watchtower literature has outrighted admitted that a woman’s life may be at risk in these situations.
“He might be extremely physically abusive, even to the point that she feels that her health or life is in danger. … In such cases, some Christians have personally decided that, despite what he might say, the mate is not ‘agreeable to staying’ together and that a separation is necessary. But other Christians in comparably difficult situations have not; they have endured and tried to work at improving matters.”December, 2018, Watchtower (study edition)
Friendships and associations with anyone outside the religion, including non-believing family, are discouraged strongly.
“Like Noah and his family and Christians in the first century, we do not associate with anyone who does not love Jehovah. We have millions of faithful brothers and sisters whom we could choose as our friends.”August, 2015, Watchtower (simplified edition)