a reply to: violet
Your post is steeped in emotion. That's OK. But really think about your argument for a moment.
I will provide some anecdotal evidence from my own life.
I have memories from before I was three.
I started 1st grade at age 4. There was a kid in my class we referred to as the F-U kid as he was fond of using the explicative. We all knew the 7
words you cannot use on radio in first grade, although not by that definition. Most of us understood how sex worked (basic procreating not variants,
and we all were fuzzy on details).
My sisters were 4 grades ahead of me, so by 3rd grade (age 6) I would walk the 4/10s of a mile home alone. AKA 2 blocks. Usually with a book in my
hand, but always watching who was around and traffic, between pages.
At 6 I understood why you should look both ways to cross the street. I was also comfortable in the water although we did not have a pool. And could
pull myself out of a pool.
My son who is not yet 9 months old is starting on the stranger danger response. Funny enough it is not a learned trait but a survival trait from who
knows how far back.
While I sympathize for the parents of the 115 kidnapped. Lets actually think about it rationally.
Let's assume all these kidnappings happened in the average US city of 6500
The ratio of adults to children in America is 1:5
So in an average city the 115 number is less than 1% of children.
Stretched nationally if we use the same 1:5 ratio, that % was so miniscule it would not show up as a real number on my scientific calculator.
Responding to your second post now.
It is our business to blast parents not who care to much, but who shelter to much.
Another anecdote: I currently work at a University now, one that I worked at before, but had left for other job opportunities. I left college in 2003.
I worked at the aforementioned university in 2007.
There is a vast difference between the class I worked with in 2007 vs the class of 2014. In hindsight there were some 2007 class that were showing
bits of what the 2014 class showed.
No individual that I deal with, from the freshmen, to the graduating seniors, or mfa's or Phd's want to think for themselves. They want someone else
to think for them.
There is your perspective.
And that is the result of helicopter parenting.