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Losing the next generation?
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Posted 2/26/09 , edited 2/26/09
Failing school systems moving away from traditional learning.
http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/1995/10/12/a-review-of-child-abuse-in-the-classroom-edited-by-phyllis-schlafly/

Children involving themselves in risky situations.
http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/1998/07/15/the-battle-for-our-children/

Child Abuse by parents, teachers and other authority figures:
http://www.womanabuseprevention.com/html/question__6.html
http://www.canee.net/bulgaria/research_the_problem_of_child_abuse_attitudes_and_experiences_in_seven_countries_of_central_and_eastern_europe
http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=18380145


What do you think of the new developments and ongoing issues facing the next and current generation of children?
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The first two links were really, really stupid.

Oh lord, your child is being forced to think about life. :O! He's learning that religion is mainly bull shit! EVEN WORSE! My child should not be thinking! He should be mindlessly following math equations, those bastards!

OH NO! A child did drugs? A child committed suicide? For fucks sake man, this generation is 100x better than the last, 500x better than the one before that. People are now thinking on a whole different level, the vast majority of us have better morals. Children were abused even MORE back then than they do now, people now can be properly educated to being a proper parent. This bull shit that every generation gets worse is annoying. Here things get better, but now it's the new "cool" to think it's worse. There are extremely bad cases where children are involved in horrible situations, but the generations are still improving a HELL of a lot.
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HokiePokie wrote:

The first two links were really, really stupid.

Oh lord, your child is being forced to think about life. :O! He's learning that religion is mainly bull shit! EVEN WORSE! My child should not be thinking! He should be mindlessly following math equations, those bastards!

OH NO! A child did drugs? A child committed suicide? For fucks sake man, this generation is 100x better than the last, 500x better than the one before that. People are now thinking on a whole different level, the vast majority of us have better morals. Children were abused even MORE back then than they do now, people now can be properly educated to being a proper parent. This bull shit that every generation gets worse is annoying. Here things get better, but now it's the new "cool" to think it's worse. There are extremely bad cases where children are involved in horrible situations, but the generations are still improving a HELL of a lot.


Not really from my point of view, I do agree with you on the two first links though.

Even in grade 12, I notice that the younger grades are getting ruder and disregarding their responsibilities as students. They treat the custodians like servants and treat the teachers like shit. Even when I talk to the teacher at my school that have been teaching for 30+ years, they say that the younger grades don't think as much as the previous students have and absenteeism has increased drastically in the past few years. More and more students aren't handing in their work and failing courses because of pure laziness. Morals aren't necessarily better, they are just changing. Some of the fundamentals are staying the same. I wouldn't say people are being educated to be proper parents when the divorce rate has risen to 1/2.

So, no I wouldn't say that the new generations are necessarily improving on the old ones. Older generations have greater work ethics and didn't have everything handed to them. To frankly, we don't even do half the work the older generations do. I'd say we are being spoiled.

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We're not losing anyone. The next generation's will go in a different direction, that's all. Is it for the better? Honestly, who knows, sometimes I definitely doubt it.

Kids these days are exposed to things like sex, drugs, alcohol and other "adult" things at increasingly younger ages, due to the internet, movies, and TV. "Childhood innocence" is disappearing as kids take on more mature roles at younger ages. But is this actually so bad? Does this mean their generation (ours, I guess, too) will fail? The whole idea of children being "innocent" is merely a construct of the European Renaissance. Before that? Girls were married at 14 and already giving birth, all kids knew of and witnessed sex. Drugs and alcohol were actually used more commonly back then than they are now.

On another note, I think things like Facebook are also going to really impact our generation. We are the generation raised by the internet. Never before has there been anything like this, connecting millions of people and at the same time isolating all of them. Privacy is becoming a thing of the past for some kids. Teens can't go to the mall, drive to their friend's house, eat lunch out, without taking fifty pictures and posting them for their friends to see. Pictures no longer capture particular moments, holidays, and special occasions. Digital cameras are so easy to use, pictures so easy to upload, now pictures are being taken of everything trivial. This trend may die out, but not for a while. I can't go to party, hang out with a certain friend, without everyone knowing.

On the surface, this generation and the upcoming generation might seem worse, since we're more sexual and obnoxious, but it's simply too early to judge. We aren't a generation of proud respectable war heroes like our grandparents, but we still have as much potential. We are definitely a unique generation, unlike any ever seen before. All of us are impacted by issues no other generation has had to face.
Posted 2/27/09
i think so
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Existing generation complaining about modern society's state and the "dangers" to the future generation. Blah blah blah. Been happening pretty much since the existence of time. Old news. Some people need a new hobby.
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darkmagiciangirl911 wrote:


HokiePokie wrote:

The first two links were really, really stupid.

Oh lord, your child is being forced to think about life. :O! He's learning that religion is mainly bull shit! EVEN WORSE! My child should not be thinking! He should be mindlessly following math equations, those bastards!

OH NO! A child did drugs? A child committed suicide? For fucks sake man, this generation is 100x better than the last, 500x better than the one before that. People are now thinking on a whole different level, the vast majority of us have better morals. Children were abused even MORE back then than they do now, people now can be properly educated to being a proper parent. This bull shit that every generation gets worse is annoying. Here things get better, but now it's the new "cool" to think it's worse. There are extremely bad cases where children are involved in horrible situations, but the generations are still improving a HELL of a lot.


Not really from my point of view, I do agree with you on the two first links though.

Even in grade 12, I notice that the younger grades are getting ruder and disregarding their responsibilities as students. They treat the custodians like servants and treat the teachers like shit. Even when I talk to the teacher at my school that have been teaching for 30+ years, they say that the younger grades don't think as much as the previous students have and absenteeism has increased drastically in the past few years. More and more students aren't handing in their work and failing courses because of pure laziness. Morals aren't necessarily better, they are just changing. Some of the fundamentals are staying the same. I wouldn't say people are being educated to be proper parents when the divorce rate has risen to 1/2.

So, no I wouldn't say that the new generations are necessarily improving on the old ones. Older generations have greater work ethics and didn't have everything handed to them. To frankly, we don't even do half the work the older generations do. I'd say we are being spoiled.



I don't clearly understand treating janitors like shit because at high school I've never really seen much of them.

Some teachers deserve the shit given to them, their horrible teaching was never a problem until students decided to get rebellious to them. 7/8 (an estimation) teachers in high school are worth of my respect for what they do as teachers. Treating people better because they're older is starting to become ditched, teenagers are noticing adults can be so much dumber them, and they aren't worthy of respect. Back then, it wasn't students who got things handed to them, the teachers had things handed to them. In a teacher to student situation, the only failure that exists is the failure of the teacher. It goes the same with parenting, the only failure is the parent, not the child. Students aren't handing things due to the lack of motivation, and I don't the child because I know the feeling all too well. It's the teacher's job to both motivate and teach the child, if you don't do both you will fail to do your job as a teacher.

Morals are so much better. If a gay person came out generations ago, the result probably would be far different than it is today. A couple of generations back, black people weren't considered equal. I don't see how ANYBODY could find those older generations better than today.
Posted 2/27/09 , edited 2/27/09
Yeah the coming generations will be more tolerant of other races and religions, will have the ability to use magnificent technologies to help them understand and fix our world in ways previous generations could not. There will still be hiccups here and there but I do not think it will be a bad generation to grow up in.
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I think people give our generation a hard time because everything is just so well documented now than it was in the past. especially because the media has grown on a worldwide scale.
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We're not losing anyone. The next generation's will go in a different direction, that's all. Is it for the better? Honestly, who knows, sometimes I definitely doubt it.

Kids these days are exposed to things like sex, drugs, alcohol and other "adult" things at increasingly younger ages, due to the internet, movies, and TV. "Childhood innocence" is disappearing as kids take on more mature roles at younger ages. But is this actually so bad? Does this mean their generation (ours, I guess, too) will fail? The whole idea of children being "innocent" is merely a construct of the European Renaissance. Before that? Girls were married at 14 and already giving birth, all kids knew of and witnessed sex. Drugs and alcohol were actually used more commonly back then than they are now.

On another note, I think things like Facebook are also going to really impact our generation. We are the generation raised by the internet. Never before has there been anything like this, connecting millions of people and at the same time isolating all of them. Privacy is becoming a thing of the past for some kids. Teens can't go to the mall, drive to their friend's house, eat lunch out, without taking fifty pictures and posting them for their friends to see. Pictures no longer capture particular moments, holidays, and special occasions. Digital cameras are so easy to use, pictures so easy to upload, now pictures are being taken of everything trivial. This trend may die out, but not for a while. I can't go to party, hang out with a certain friend, without everyone knowing.

On the surface, this generation and the upcoming generation might seem worse, since we're more sexual and obnoxious, but it's simply too early to judge. We aren't a generation of proud respectable war heroes like our grandparents, but we still have as much potential. We are definitely a unique generation, unlike any ever seen before. All of us are impacted by issues no other generation has had to face.


Exactly, kids being exposed to sex, drugs, drinking isn't a bad thing, its a good thing, the sooner kids learn about the stuff the better, I say we just let this generation takes its course and move on to then next. people are too focused on not accepting change its retarded, shit changes, times change, everything changes, fucking accept it and move on areadly
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Posted 2/28/09
it's already lost..
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Every generation believes that it is superior to the generation following it. The question is largely irrelevant.
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Posted 3/1/09
i dont think so^^
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well there are 15 year olds and youger working as prostitutes
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miserykitsune wrote:

well there are 15 year olds and youger working as prostitutes


I'm pretty sure they did that before this generation too.

Next time you post, don't post some random "fact" without stating your opinion and justifying it.
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