Thursday, December 4, 2008

The American Yoot - Woefully dumbed down - Don't blame the kids!!

To my Conservative Friends:

We all saw my article, The Obama Voter - Stupid is as Stupid does about the incredible lack of any knowledge among the average Obama voter.... And, as many of you know, a large chunk of the Obama voter was the youth vote.

So the questions is this: Has the youth of American been Dumbed-Down???

We all hear that the dumbification (there's your toilet paper word-of-the-day...) of our young people has reached all time highs with the Ipods, cell phones (and now Iphones which combine the two..), video games, texting non-stop, etc..... If a kid comes into your house he/she may invariably have a set of ear-plugs wedged into the inner cortex of the their ear-canal, a dazed look on their face and be totally disengaged from society (off the grid, as they say)...

They probably will have the social skills of a troll... And if you ask them a question, you might get an affirmative grunt, plenty of "ya's" and throw in a few "Uh Uh's" for good measure. They will never look you in the eye nor shake your hand or call you by name.... And there you have your typical encounter with an American teenager... What a pleasure.....

So when we do meet a young person with good social skills, it is such a relief and a pleasure that you go out of our way to compliment the child and probably their parents... When was the last time you met a teenager and they shook your hand firmly and said "Pleasure to meet you, Mr./Mrs. YourNameHere??? For me, it's been a long while...

So, like with any problem - the first step in solving the problem is admitting you have a problem....So, Houston, we have issues!!!!

Whats the problem:I believe the problem is not one of intelligence. The kids in this country are extremely intelligent!! They can multi-task well, they understand computers like NASA engineers and the curriculums in schools today are far more advanced than they were 30 years ago.. So, it's not an intelligence issue - It is a training and teaching issue... We need to start taking seriously training our kids to be socially intelligent and skilled to match their book intelligence...

Who is to blame? I am going to ruffle some feathers here, but hey, that's what I do.... It is the fault of the parents for not teaching and demanding that their kids be socially skilled. The parents must teach and instill over and over again the importance of social skills in their children...

I tell my son all the time, if I had to hire someone and I had 2 people to choose from with identical resumes - I choose the person with the better social skills 100 out 100 times.

So it is the job of the Parents!!! Yes, the parents of this country need to be taken to task for allowing the kids to wander off the reservation when it comes to social skills...

Basically, today parents spend way too much time making sure their kid gets a A on the test or is thoroughly prepared for the SAT to get into the right school. They spend way too much time on academic excellence and not nearly enough on social excellence...

The Solution: The parents of all our children must, from the earliest of ages take the job of instructing social skills and become role-models for their children to imitate... I am no expert on child development (other than being a parent), but what could be wrong with the parents making social skills a priority. If nothing else, it would make the country a better place for all of us... Especially for our kids.....

Just my thoughts....

GOP Mike

2 comments:

  1. Mike..you must see the same kids that I do. Gary

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  2. Gary:

    Unfortunately I do... Hands in pocket and Marty Mumbles...

    Sad, but the paretns must engage or else there is little we can do... TV, Computers and video games have become the parents for a lot of kids today....

    Thx for the comment...

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