I disagree with you. Youth aren't stupid and oblivious to the fact that a decent education can equate to a decent job with a decent outcome. Even at a young age, any person who has their own wits can easily observe that life decisions affect future outcome. What isn't being ingrained is work ethic and applied diligence and patience. The Western consumerist influence of "ready at your finger tips now" really has shortened attention spans, and the way we do things. (I say can just because I know of several people who have decent educations but work at **** jobs with **** pay, due to their inability to be resilient, and their resistance to change.)
Originally Posted by 31jetjet
Even my wife doesn't understand the thought of "measure twice, cut once."
Also quite evident when my 3 year old, can't touchscreen and "flick" her dad's computer screen...
Technology, though, isn't the sole blame. Role models, fatherly figures, motherly figures, etc...are. I am to blame, I like cool new toys, and I don't mind having my daughter flick through photos WITH ME. having technology babysit your kids is not an opportunity to mentor and teach something.
A lot of what you described as programs are really meant for people who have ALREADY made poor life-decisions. Although there are very many success stories of transformed lives, what is really needed are programs and family-time that build upon relationships that will PREVENT poor-life decisions.
We made a family decision that my daughters will grow up knowing how to shoot guns. So this past father's day I exposed my 3 year old, for the very first time, to what I do for a living. Although she is too young for range time, she's about the right maturity to learn about the maintenance and care of personal items. So, as she sat beside me, we disassembled my guns, cleaned them, oiled them, and reassembled them TOGETHER. Not only was it a bonding moment, but it was also a mentoring opportunity about gun safety, what dad does for work, maintaining things, cleaning up after using things, cost of things... etc.
So while, I agree with you that kids are in the NOW, I have to say that kids already know the benefits of good grades. Some just don't have the ass-kicking they need (within a safe loving environment, of course), to cowboy up.
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