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Personally I think it is all down to advertising and what other kids have. When we were all younger we made do with hand-me-downs and we eagerly played outside till it was dark. Now all that seems to be wanted is what the neighbours child has or what the latest toy on tv is.
I'm afraid many families don't teach their children to respect. In fact I don't think they know the meaning of the word. Children are rude to their parents, their siblings, teachers, peers, the elderly. It is the curse of our age. Teachers have no control of their classes because parents have not taught their children right from wrong. So much disagreement toward corporeal punishment has served to throw out the baby with the bathwater. I don't agree with hitting a child, but if that is taken away, there has to be some kind of discipline put in place of spankings. Unfortunately that hasn't happen and kids rule. So whatever they want, their beleaguered parents take the easy way out and get the little darlings what they want.
There are more serious consequences to this attitude than we realize. Maybe some of you have noticed that the ranking of America in science and math compared to the rest of the world is abysmal. I heard just this week that America is 29 worldwide. We have free schools. Children are free for 12 years to complete their education. Do they? No. They have an attitude of "try and make me learn." And some of the very brightest are the worst. How do I know? I'm a teacher.
This might sound a little harsh but...
I think a lot of it is the parents. Today's young parents seem to be doing everything in their power to be different from their own parents.
As a result, today's kids are not as disciplined, and some parents even make excuses for them, saying they "can't help it" when they actually can. Of course there are those children who really can't help it, but for the sake of this question, I'm speaking of the ones that can.
Today's kids are cruel and selfish. And lazy to boot. They want their parents to give them everything they want, and a lot of them do just to avoid confrontation. There can be any number of reasons why they would avoid putting their foot down. Maybe they just don't feel like dealing with them. Maybe they have run out of ideas and given up. Maybe they are scared that they will be too harsh. Who knows. But I do know that everything starts at home. And whatever starts there feeds off of the outer environment.
May I "pile-on"?????
Yes... today's PARENTS are producing the generation(s) of offspring who believe that the World was invented strictly for them. I see so much of it around me.... kids being coddled... limited or lack of manners.... and "institutions" spending so much time and attention on kids' "self-respect".... it's quite out-of-proportion....
As a result of such things as: not keeping score (or determining winner/loser) in kids' sports...... giving a present to EVERY kid who attends a birthday party.... not "keeping back" (to repeat a grade) in school..... these youngsters NEVER learn what is "failure".... so they grow up believing (and expecting) a "safety net" to always be there below them, regardless of how or if they perform.
It's really terribly unfair to those kids.... and we see it in the global society, wherein there are OTHER countries where these concepts (success-vs-failure) have NOT been compromised.... so young people in those countries can trample over their counterparts in the USofA.... and all our kids can do is look around in wonderment and ask, "Where's my trophy????"
In my opinion it starts with parents who are overly busy and self-centered, too. How many times do we see a parent who is ignoring his kid's behavior simply because he is checking his Facebook status? Grown ups are either too busy making money to survive/have more material goods and that little time they got left they still want to spend on themselves rather than on their offspring. So we shouldn't really blame this generation for the sad state of affairs but look back to what happened in the past, how come we have a whole generation of 20 to 40 year olds who are so engrossed in themselves that they forget to parent. Maybe then our grandparents did something that affected us? Perhaps it started with an advent of preschool system that delegates some of the parental jobs to strangers? How is it possible that parents don't think it is their duty to prepare their kids for school anymore? Today people get so overwhelmed with preschool choices to assure their kid's bright future while in fact all the kids need is a loving parent.
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