Again, i am about to rant about the youth of today.
And of course, this is based on my own experience and observation.
Nowadays the youth are getting more and more demanding. They are so used to getting whatever they need/want and even what they DON’T need/want. At our office, we call it ‘spoon-feeding’ generation. They are not as independent as how students were before. They never ask questions. Even when they are about to fail a subject, they just act as if the grade F is the same as B. They expect we give them EVERYTHING. When we told them, “search for more information in the internet and books”, it is as if they don’t understand it. After one week, almost 2/3 of the class didn’t even try to search for more info. The only thing they surf on the net is facebook and twitter. Books? Hmmm….
Well, of course, this may not apply to everyone. But majority speaks louder, right?
John Tapene, principal of Northland College who regularly deals with youth, were asked this question by his students–
“What can we do? Where can we go?
His answer was:
Go home. Mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons and after you’ve finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational activities and your parents does not owe you fun.
The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness and lonely again. In other words, GROW UP, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you.
From what i understand, is, that most youth were not allowed to explore things on their own. Over protective parents control the learning environment of these kids and i think, this leads to the problems we face today. The kids are not allowed to play outside. Not allowed to mingle with people. Not allowed to explore things on their own.
We simply cannot put the blame on the students for not being eager enough, for not being curious enough. The way parents raise their children is very important as the first 4-5 years, WE are their teachers.
But now, i see most parents allow their kids to explore. They allow their children to play dirt, to fall down, to cry, to get scratched by other kids. I think when we were younger we were allowed to do these things as well. Not because our parents don’t love us, God, no.
They give freedom BUT with certain restrictions.
Yes. That is what i will try to do to my children.
Ok aidan, now you can go play outside. Mama dah penat membebel.