Ok, so you point out some problems, but I think your root cause analysis is completely flawed. Watch and I'll point this out below:
Originally posted by LateApexer313
A disturbing trend has been growing since the 60's, and as one who was born in the 60's I can look back and see the developments and the
implications. The "Do it if it feels good" generation, those of us born in the 60's and 70's along with the "Me Generation" of people who were
born in the 80's and 90's are now raising this nation's children and the human beings they are turning out are more flawed, fragile, weak, and have
the largest sense of self-entitlement then any generation before them.
Ok this part just makes you sound like a misanthrope. This is probably the biggest issue I have with your post. The other issues you call out below
are occuring, but for a completely different reason than you post above.
Stay with me...
Whole school districts now have thrown out the "red pens" that used to correct grammar, spelling, punctuation and facts. There is now such a thing
as the "let them learn spelling the words various ways to let their creativity flow" rhetoric I have experienced in my own family. My niece who is
8 years old, doesn't have to learn how to spell words correctly anymore. Her teacher explained it to my sister-in-law this way, "We're so glad
they even want to write that we are choosing to let spelling errors slide so it doesn't get in the way with their love of writing."
There was even a thread on ATS not too long ago about some talk in one school district of "shortening long words" like "banana and asparagus" due
to the children "not being able to spell them. What hogwash!
I was completely floored and disgusted when I was told this, matter-of-factly by my sister-in-law, who herself has a master's degree in education and
who agrees with this new teaching method and isn't concerned about the long term ramifications.
Not sure why your sister-in-law doesn't care, but the main thing I have noticed is that the people who want to say "let them be creative" feel
insecure themselves. I once knew someone who wanted to be an artist who didn't believe in "technique" at all, to the exclusion of learning
anything. She didn't get very far.
I also knew a kid who was very creative but didn't trust in his abilities enough to take a creative writing class. he claimed he didn't need it,
but time proved him very wrong.
What you are noticing is the masses reactions to the demands of rectitude and perfection placed upon them by the mass marketing which states *YOU MUST
BE PERFECT* The other effect is that people become workaholics, burn themselves out, or turn to performance enhancing drugs.
The real issue here is not the humans in the system, but the human behaviors being elicited by the system itself. You see, there are two very
different reactions here, both of them are extreme. One is "Let the kids spell it however they want" the other is "Browbeat the child till he
gets it right!"
I personally don't agree with either of them. I prefer to stay on task until the subject matter is learned correctly, and then move along. However
our school system is not conducive to this type of teaching. It is *way* too mechanized and inflexible for that.
Which brings me to my next point...
Kids who are involved with sports are now being taught that everyone on the team is equal and scores are not being kept because "there are no winners
or losers." Parents are getting thrown out and banned from practices for fighting over the games that are being scored, screaming and ranting and
even having fist fights with referees and coaches.
This doesn't have anything at all to do with the concept of equality. As someone who works with kids programs a lot, I can tell you this is due to
1. Parents are over filling their own schedules by over filling their childrens' schedules.
2. The result is that every evolution must come off perfect, or else the schedule is screwed
3. So let's make sure there are no reasons for any of the kids to act up so we can just all get through this!
This is an extension of the same issue I spelled out above.
See... no reason at all to hate the player.... all the reason to hate the game.
The difference between today and yesterday has more to do with the fact that when I was a kid, if I needed to learn a basketball shot, I would shoot
the same shot all day until I got it right.
Can't do that today when kids are taking two and three sports, playing an instrument, maintaining scholastics, attending cub scouts etc.
Don't get me wrong. These activities were designed to help keep kids out of trouble and to teach them life skills. But now it's a parental
competition to see which child can outdo the other. To the point that the kids only have enough bandwidth to get a breadth of different things, but
no depth in anything at all.
[edit on 16-7-2008 by Quazga]