It is a hard call.
Using my own family as an example...my daughters know much more about the tools of technology at their fingertips than I do. The world is open to them at their touch. I struggle to manipulate all that my pc is capable of. In fact, I am lost in the terminology.....
On the other hand, my children know little that is not told to them via Yahoo, Google, CNN.........their schoolwork has embraced them to prepare them for the future, it has not taught them to confront the past. They lack a sense of history.
They could not grow enough food to feed them for the winter, wash their clothing without Maytag, Whirlpool or Kenmore panels. They can not tailor fit their own clothing, change the battery or altenator in their vehicle.
While I grew up in the kitchen, they think hamburger helper is home cooking .I can change a tire, and they call a tow truck ( or their Dad) over a low tire....if they bother to inspect them.
Texting a lengthy message is a task for me, yet each of them can send many texts, between bites of their salad. With the touch of a few keys, they can do in seconds, what I have spent the day trying to figure out.
No, our youth are not 'dumb', they simply know different skills. I predict, the day is coming when we will embrace one another just to survive . If we do not, we will have several generations of people with no choice but to sucumb and become victims of the world at large.
My children are not dumb, neither is yours. We just know different things. In a quickly changing world, economy, financial structure, we all need one another, just to hang on.