WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR CULTURE, OUR FAMILIES, OUR CHILDREN? THE CASE OF KAREN HUFF KLEIN

Posted by & filed under American youth, bullying, civility, culture, Education, Karen Huff Klein.

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This is why, when I was teaching High School, I was so enraged by the endless nonsense about how it was supposedly my job to “engage” the students, to make the classroom more “interesting”, so they would be “happy”, and please study, please stop fooling around, please pay attention.
Our kids aren’t falling behind kids in other countries because we don’t spend enough money on education, or because teachers aren’t good enough, or because we need more standardized tests. It’s because a great many kids just don’t give a damn, they aren’t grateful for the gift of education, and they see no reason to work hard to earn anything. We’ve overemphasized the foolishness that “it’s the schools’ fault” to such an extreme, that if our kids aren’t constantly amused they think the adult world has somehow failed them. And thus we make it impossible for them to learn self-reliance or the value of hard work, and we cripple their ability to accomplish anything on their own. And as this video shows so well, the very idea of courtesy, civility, respect for elders, and simple kindness, has been discarded by many, many children and adults (just listen to all the hatefulness and crap that comes out of Washington and Cable News channels).

This is not the kids’ faultalmost every influence in our culture tells them that they have the right to be disrespectful, mean, arrogant, lazy, rude and flippant, they can screw around all day and nonetheless expect to be given all the ‘stuff’ they want (including an acceptance to a good college and a high-paying job). And apparently, they can push people around with impunity.

(This video is explicit and disturbing.)

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ruthiechan says:

We teach to the test which takes away the teaching of morals. Kids are left to fend for themselves with high divorce rates, both parents working, and people choosing to be single parents. Then there’s whole, you’re fine just the way you are, idea that gives kids a sense of entitlement. It’s pretty awful.

Also, there are many kids out there who would never do anything like what those kids did. (I couldn’t watch it all.)