Re: Jose Iglesias 3 for 2
posted at 6/1/2013 6:37 PM EDT
In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
In response to S5's comment:
I find that the people who complain about a lack of respect from "kids", most especially of HS age, don't spend much time around them. Instead they A) listen to what other people are saying who've had bad experience and retell their stories, or B) base their entire opinion on the ~5% of kids who actually DO have bad attitudes.
However, if you're ever searching for people who show a lack of respect for others just look around this board - and then ask yourself, "I wonder what their kids are like?"
And that comment was not directed at Kimmi.
S5, I'm a high school teacher. My high school has a student population near 2000. I spend a lot of time around teenagers, most of whom are wonderful, BTW. I didn't mean to imply that it was all kids or even most of them.
But believe me when I say that there is an awful lot of disrespect towards and disregard for authority, rules, property, and other people. Far too much.
Antibody is also correct that there is a sense of entitlement, which is a reason for much of the disrespect.
For the most part, I blame the parents.
I'm not a teacher but I spend a lot of time around HS kids in co-curricular settings- sports, hiking, etc., in a HS of about 350. I find that while there are a few (and I'll stick with my 5%) who make life difficult the vast majority of the kids I see and interact with are good kids.
Yes, a few of the 95% may make an occasional mistake but on the whole they're they're a lot like most of us were at 18, just "feeling their oats" and they want to see what the boundaries are. Once the boundaries are established the kids are fine again.
Kids feel entitled because they've been made to feel entitled. In their quest to be "good parents" the parents have given their kids everything they (the kids) want, so why shouldn't the kids feel entitled? Outgrowing it is all a part of the growing up and maturing process. They'll get over it and when they do most of them will be good, upstanding citizens.
My experience in dealing with kids for 20+ years is that kids, for the most part, are good. It just rankles me to hear derogatory comments made about kids with no one to give the other side of the story.