- Family and Parenting
Why Kids Today Don't Respect Their Elders
Current State of Affairs
The recent news regarding a bus monitor (Karen Klein) really saddened and angered me. If you haven't seen the video (also embedded at the bottom of this article for your convenience) which has already hit over 3 million views in such a short time, you need to. It clearly illustrates one example of where kids are today in terms of behavior and how they treat the elders of this nation.
In my opinion, the kids of today are this way for many reasons, to include:
- Poor parenting
- Public schools' decline
- No good role models
One of the key symptoms of why kids today aren't respectful of elders is poor parenting. This can be one of many reasons.
The most obvious is parents of today don't seem to have any time for their kids any more. In order to pay their bills, both parents have to work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, 58.5% of married couples were both working. For single mothers, 65.9% were working in 2011, and likewise for single fathers 79.6% were working. Note that with the poor economy, these numbers were actually slightly lower compared to 2010.
This means the kids from these families didn't get as much quality time with their parents compared to those where at least one was home.
Another reason why many kids today are disrespectful is, plain and simple, the parent or parents just don't care. Many parents shouldn't even be parents because they cannot even take care of themselves. Take a look at the ever expanding population of people that have to get government help to support themselves; almost half of the US population are getting some form of government benefits!
Some parents are just too young. Even though the teen pregnancy rates have declined, every year, around 820,000 teens get pregnant. Kids who become parents too early are kids themselves who have yet to experience and learn from life.
Public School's Decline
What I'm about to say here is purely my opinion, having personally attended public schools in the United States and having seen what has happened to them over the years.
Back in the good old days, teachers had great leeway in how they managed their classroom to deal with unruly and disrespectful kids. So kids back then learned discipline. In addition, teachers had more freedom in terms of helping kids understand some of the more important human characteristics like respect, courtesy, integrity, and such.
Flash forward to today. Teachers are pretty much powerless when it comes to student discipline. And aside from having to deal with the kids, sometimes they they have to deal with parents who side with their disrespectful kids!
If you do a search on youtube.com, you'll find there are videos there of kids beating up on teachers. What has this world come to?
No Good Role Models
Today many kids have no good role models. People they look up to or like have your typical "bad boy" or "bad girl" image.
Celebrities in sports, in Hollywood, and in the recording industry are overrun by people who are great at what they do, but extremely poor examples of what kind of person kids should strive to be.
With the exception of Tim Tebow and a few other celebs, most celebrities are no beacon of respect. As a matter of fact many are blatantly vulgar.
These blatantly vulgar anti-role models are who most kids imitate today.
Karen Klein, Bus Monitor, Being Bullied by Kids
Simply said, many kids today have no respect because of poor parenting and declining public schools. On top of that, they really have no good role models to emulate.
Do you agree?
Can you think of other reasons why kids are so disrespectful today?