Children, The key to our future? 36 replies

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Dewey

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#1 8 years ago

So, I was thinking about this because of a post of mine on another thread, and a deep conversation I had with my grandfather the other day. We were discussing the differance in the youth of my generation and his. More of a concern of mine is the current generation of children now. I am only 19, still a teenager, but I can not imagine acting the way kids do today, when I was growing up in the late 90's/ early 2000's. On a daily basis I pass kids in the store or where I work out and their behavior is definatley not fitting of a 9,10,11,12 year old should act. I constantley hear children of this age group dropping F bombs like its going out of style and not only in front of their friends but in front of their parents as well. They astonishing thing is that the parents do not seem to care. I know if I acted like this 10 years ago my parents would have given me a beating. The youth of today seem to have no grasp on respect for elders, currents events, or even basic knowledge of history that every American should know. It seems all the youth cares about these days is what everyone else is doing and if they fit in. I doubt any of them have any concern about politics, global concerns, or where our country will be in 15 to 20 years. Basically what I want to know is why do you think every generation seems to be getting more and more distant from reality and how do you think this will effect the future or if it is just a phase kids go through. Additionally I would like to know if this happens around the world or if this is exclusivley a problem in the States.




Nemmerle Forum Mod

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#2 8 years ago

While I don't know if it's a more or less pronounced effect these days I think it's one that makes sense.

You grow up and what's the standard of justice? If you go to school and share your stuff it will get stolen and the criminals will go largely unpunished - at best they'll be asked to restore it to you. If you smash them in the face then you're the one in a heap of trouble. Which of course is only a concern if you're interested in your school work. If you swear at people you go largely unpunished but if you respond to the animosity and smash them in the face.... So what's encouraged behaviour? Don't be nice to people - don't share, don't be polite - because it doesn't work.

And interest in world events? Maybe apathy's the smarter choice. What do they have to do with a system that threw them all overboard before they were even born?

Respect, involvement; these things only make sense when the majority are following mutually beneficial rules. And a lot of the time that benefit is you won't get your face smashed in.




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#3 8 years ago

I think its a much simpler case of the kids were never taught properly to begin with.

Too many kids were never taught about respect, about proper morals, a system of right and wrong, that they bear responsibility for their own actions.

Most parents today have no idea how to properly discipline their kids in a effective manner.




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#4 8 years ago

If you teach your children morality and they teach their children morality and so on - why isn't it taught today?

Even if you teach children a system of morality, if that morality gets them consistently hurt then they'll throw it away. Morality has to incorporate a theory of how society works, how people interact. When that theory doesn't match up with reality the morality has to die.




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#5 8 years ago

I think this has always been a recurring thing throughout time. Each generation views the new generation as if something is very wrong. As if morals have been lost. Morals are lost somewhat due to the new generation trying new things. That's expected. Generations have been gradually losing morals as they come to existence, and we're in the time where that gradual decrease over the decades has almost reached rock bottom. Or perhaps parents don't know how/are too lazy to discipline their kids. Disciplining was easier back then. What was called parenting back then is now considered child abuse. So what do parents do when they can't hit their kid? They tell them "don't do that" and move on, or perhaps even defend the kid if the issue involves trouble with another person. And then there's always our various influential video stimulation devices that introduce obscenity which most parents don't bother to moderate that much.




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#6 8 years ago

This seems to be said about every generation of children (and while at it, parents/parenting). Media coverage (higher awareness) of troubled, disfunctioning, unsocial parents and children, such as reading about some busdriver being bombarded with curses after he commented at a parent about their kid putting their shoes on the seats: "how dare you to lecture me *^&%^%$^^%$ about my children you *^&&%^$%$" .

Just as their are plenty of other generation gaps, I don't quite get why kids still in primairy school, 6-10 years old need a mobile phone... when you go to secundairy education it may start being useful but a 10 year old?? Or having 8 year olds wear fashionable (revealing) clothing, and from rather expensive brands while at it.




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#7 8 years ago

It makes you wonder what the next generation might do.




Aeroflot

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#8 8 years ago

Nemmerle;5364952If you teach your children morality and they teach their children morality and so on - why isn't it taught today?

Even if you teach children a system of morality, if that morality gets them consistently hurt then they'll throw it away. Morality has to incorporate a theory of how society works, how people interact. When that theory doesn't match up with reality the morality has to die.

Depends on what kind of morals you're talking about.




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#9 8 years ago
Aeroflot;5365724Depends on what kind of morals you're talking about.

Well don't keep us in suspense. What kind of morals are you talking about?




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#10 8 years ago

No, no, you first. I insist.

EDIT: If I don't know what kinds of morals you're talking about, then there's no way I can respond to your post.