It's Cool To Be Stupid
Who rules your roost?
I have been truly floored. Most of us who have close ties to children have noted the social trend toward the idolization of stupidity. What has me so surpised is how easily this generation of parents brushes it off. I just read an article on the subject in a local newspaper. The Great Falls Tribune published on January 10, 2011 in their Class Act section an article titled "Why do kids dress for June in January?" The original article came out of New York's Associated Press by Beth J Harpaz who described one facet of youth's idolization of stupidity as 'among the great spectacles of winter' listing it alongside the northern lights and frozen lakes.
The author did a remarkably good job of depicting the difference between the generations in which a grandmother 'doesn't understand "It's 15 degrees. Why doesn't he have a coat on him?"' with regards to childrens dress habits. A younger generation of parents is depicted accurately in a mother, Shelly Rogers Landes, who comments, "I need to let him make decisions that really are inconsequential at the end of the day." Inconsequential? Really? Then here comes the family therapist who is equally enabling. "Carleton Kendric of Millis, Mass., a family therapist, says that for teens, 'wearing bulky winter coats, gloves, boots -- unless teen girls consider them high fashion -- and hats screams nerd, geek, baby, dork...UNCOOL!' He added: 'short of real and present danger of your teens getting frostbite, let them deal with being cold to be cool.'" Well, that was helpful. So who is the problem here? The kids or the adults? Who runs the family affairs? The kids or the adults? I'm all for teenagers having responsibility and the perk of making some of their own decisions but when we encourage them to make without correction, choices that instill a culture of idolizing stupidity, we are not doing them any favors and are remiss in our parental and societal responsibilities.
It is not just the dress habits of youth. Have you actually sat ALL the way through an episode of their regular television programs? Take and watch the popular cartoon Sponge Bob, for an example. And then when you're done with that pick some of the others. Don't forget the sitcoms too. Is it any wonder that children are enacting various forms of tribalism to fill in the gaps of lost wisdom which the older generations fail to instill in them?
The problem of the idolization of stupidity is so rampant that it is chronic and pervasive in the public schools. When we send our children to public schools to be raised by the system for eight or more hours each day they are innudated with it. It's self perpetuating because their teachers are not the adult at the head of the classroom but instead their classmates in the hall. Peer pressure forces compliance. That is why basic survival techniques like a coat, hat, or gloves is UNCOOL! This in turn is producing the next generation who will eventually be making the decisions in our government, corporations, workplaces, and social scenes. Does America really like the Mad Max senario so much? Ok, so maybe it won't be quite that bad....but then again...if society is unable to draw the line at something so simple as common sense dress code....something even people out of the so-called stone age of 1890 were far more adept at, 'get that coat on NOW MISTER!' Then what do you seriously think we have to look forward to. Wisdom of the ancients still rings out of the past at us....An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Yeah, yeah. It's time to rush out the door to work or feed the dog or catch the football game or maybe you're one of those who hands the kid off to some resource in the system. No time to instill common sense, or basic sufficiency/survival skills in Junior so that he actually practices being an adult worthy of inclusion in society. The problem isn't Junior. It's the adults. Not just the parents, but ALL adults in society. I don't see sensible adults banding together and taking a page out of the children's own book to utilize their own form of societal peer pressure to change how youngsters choose.
It seems to me, from my fourty years of observation and the dealings of five children, that adults have abrogated their responsibility to educate their children. Is it any wonder I find myself writing articles about the system moving in and taking over the care and management of the once independent and self-sufficient citizenry of this nation? We used to be competant enough to survive crossing an ocean with virtually nothing, traversing a continent, and starting a life from scratch in the harshest environments! Today with all our technology and easy living we can't seem to manage raising our own kids. Eventually the current corrupt global system we allowed to rise up around us in our personal absence of leadership, will have cause to say, 'well the people cannot raise their own children for we have been doing it essentially for them during the several generations of pubic education'. They already try to educate you as to how to raise your youngest children, rather than leave it to your family members to assist and instill the skills necessary with regards to child-rearing.
Ok, so here is my next question to you my dear readers. What happens to these children should a real emergency occur? If they are ensconsed in idolization of stupidity then how will they fare? What skills have they developed to survive in something life threatening if they have not practiced basic life skills or self-sufficiency skills? What is the purpose of being a teenager in american society? Is it to see which pretty girl thinks the most of their shallow appearance or is it to prepare to be a contributing adult who can be relied upon in both good times and in bad?
Judge not a book by its cover, except when it smells rotten through and through. It took someone who was responsible for it to reach that condition. And that someone might be you.
So last question...what are YOU going to do about it?