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My Generation Scares Me.

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  1. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    You're scared of your generation? Let me tell you, I'm scared of mine and I am the tail end of the Baby Boom. I don't think you'll a more jaded bunch of old codgers-to-be than my cohort.

    There is a severe leather shortage in this nation. As my father says, they need to bring a little tallow to the hide.

    You go on being a nerd. Enjoy what interests you and don't worry about what the others think. In a few short years, you'll be gone from them and they won't matter. You're only in high school for 4 years and after that, who cares about them? Your happiness should not contingent on someone else's approval.
     
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  2. CAC

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    There are always going to be "divisions" of people. We're not all destined for a leadership role or become captains of industry. Indeed, the majority of people are NEEDED to have low expectations and desires from life. Who would run your groceries across the scanner?
    All one can do is live the life one feels is right. In 99% of cases, the nerd who cannot get a girl, is the same guy drivng a ferrari and juggling 3 relationships at once fifteen years later...The cool guy is the divorced with kids guy whos arguing about his car being repo'd. Life has a way of catching up...just look after yourself.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Terry, I think you've hit the nail on the head. Teaching is not as easy as some would suggest. Before you can do anything, you must actually know your stuff, particularly in history. If you don't know it, you will be quickly found out. Then, you must be able to not only convey the information, but you need to be able to have the students participate in discovering it for themselves. One of the things that my students told me they enjoyed were my stories. I am an inveterate story-teller, and I tried to illustrate my points with relevant tales. I'm now retired, but I still retain my respect for those who do it well, and hold my love for both the profession and the subject near to my heart.
     
  4. Mark4

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    Pfff I dont want to talk about my school and share of Dumda** do you?
     
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    I'm 15 and I'm looking at this generation like it's something the family dog left on the front lawn. I can't see the line of good taste anymore. It always seems like they're growing up too fast. If we were going to watch a movie, it has to be something that involves at least one of the following: profanity, sexual situations, violence, high level action, hot chick, nice guy, dirty humor, anything that would get cut or censored by the FCC. I'm starting to worry about us. If this is what our nation will become when these people graduate, I don't want to think about what'll happen. Guys are dressing like rappers, girls dressing like pop stars that lost their way, it's starting to fall apart. After watching too much classic movies, I've adopted the 40's style ideal, where people would just show some decency and respect. I just want to see the day where kids would just listen to their parents, do their homework by the fireplace, play catch with the father after dinner, and go to bed ready for school the next day with no complaints. Today just isn't the case. Younger kids are adopting older behaviors and getting away with it. If the amount of profanity we spit out per day measures our IQ, then we have every right to be worried. By the time this generation grows up, we will definetly screw up the entire world. Little girls are dressing in skimpier outfits and showing more than they have to or are allowed to show. Guys are dressing like gangster rappers just 'cause they want to look "cool" when they just look like failed cosplayers. They talk the talk, but they can't walk the walk. Heck, the kids who play games like Black Ops end up joining the military just to shoot someone and can't handle it. It's people like that that make people like me have to go to a psychology session to talk me out of suicide. However, I would not just blame the child. I would blame the parent as well for exposing them to this as well as allowing them to continue like this. At least teach them some morals to help them behave for once. I am in an AP class and sometimes I would see my classmates acting like this during recess, lunch, or after school. Don't get me started on my PE class. They all act tough, but they're a bunch of idiots. If anyone here knows anyone of this generation who fits the criteria stated in this post, tell them to shape up or ship out or else they will never succeed in the real world.
     
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    i'm showing my age a little but mate, this happens in every generation (although its usually cyclic). You should have ssen the girls and boys in the 60s...Shortest skirts ever, if you didn't flash you undies you were a square...The boys dressed like mods or rockers, smoked, drank, swore and chased skirt...I think its just kids!
    Having said that, there are surveys and reports that show that now more than ever, youth crime is at its worst, illiteracy IS at its worst for many years, teen sex getting younger, now below teen into 12. And more kids than ever presenting with drug problems...This is indeed a worry. The problem i fear though is NOT with the kids of today, but the PARENTS of today, its parenting that has fallen by the ways side...and our kids show the result of it.
     
  7. Lady Prime

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    Rep point for this one comment!!

    Indeed!

    The problem with every generation is the proverbial word change. Change is hard for many as technology blossoms forth with the newest gadgets, newest problems and ultimately, the newest headaches. Also morals that should be taught by our parents are restricted due to loose lips screaming to CPS or social workers insinuating some kind of "abuse"; as many parents have lost control in raising their children.

    Kids are stimulated by the false gods on the television/music saying that "it's okay to do <this and this and this>" as the television and technology have become the new parents when true human interaction has failed. Many of today's generation have lost their way with the liberalism of careless free will.

    Sadly and surely, the baby boomers are now becoming retirees and the World War 2 generation has a spackling left to tell the tales of true bravery, heroism, angst and adventures they have endured. Many can teach you much about how is it to truly live...

    Seeing each and every one of you teenagers shows me that there is truly hope for your generation...along with mine..
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I highly recommend this book: Generations
    read it if you can get the chance.

    The book was published in 1990. Interestingly enougth, the authors made some broad predictions on human behavior, based on past occurances, that have come to pass.
     
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    Just looked at the summary, Jeff. An interesting proposition. I'll have to look into it a bit. Thanks.
     
  10. Mark4

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    Guest what I was in english to day and I got to give my class of 10th graders a history lecture of the cold war what the soviet union was they were shocked and surprise at me I wasnt even a big deal that was the basic stuff that every one should know by high school its like they never read a book been for.
    O and i forgot my ROTC instructur apprently got tick off and took one to the idiots in a head lock i think.............
     
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    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    For a 10th grader, if it isn't on twitter or facebook, did it even happan?
     
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    I'd highly recommend "My Generation" performed by The Who. Who have seemed to ffffaded away. ...Now I can't get that song out of my head.
     
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    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    I don't know perhaps we should keep some perspective I can recall as a teenager my father hearing the music I listened to, Genesis, Kansas, Pink Floyd and such, and being quite convinced I had been switched at birth with an alien.
     
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    Would the alien know it was an alien? Is the alien making that post? Hmmm. I've got my eye on you B.....Who was the MVP in 1943 World Series? If you can't answer that, you're prolly an alien. ..Or from Texas.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    On a similar note, here is an excerpt from Plato's Republic, Book 4. It is reported as a conversation between Socrates and Adeimantes in a discussion of the ills of society and how they could be improved:
    Socrates: Then, as I was saying, our youth should be trained from the first in a stricter system, for if amusements become lawless, and the youths themselves become lawless, they can never grow up into well-conducted and virtuous citizens [...] Thus educated, they will invent for themselves any lesser rules which their predecessors have altogether neglected.

    Adeimantes: What do you mean?


    Socrates: I mean such things as these:--when the young are to be silent before their elders; how they are to show respect to them by standing and making them sit; what honour is due to parents; what garments or shoes are to be worn; the mode of dressing the hair; deportment and manners in general. You would agree with me?


    Adeimantes: Yes.


    Socrates: But there is, I think, small wisdom in legislating about such matters,-- I doubt if it is ever done; nor are any precise written enactments about them likely to be lasting.
    The following much more pointed post is also attributed to Socrates, but I haven't been able to find it exactly:
    The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for
    authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place
    of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their
    households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They
    contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties
    at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.

    In any case, the older generation always believes the younger generation is going to hell in a handbasket. I prefer to believe that they help to energize the old so change can occur.
     
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    My first Plato. Thanks.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken the 1943 Series (Yankees v Cardinals) was the first one to use the seven game format, due to war restrictions on travel. And most of the "stars" were in the service at the time. Then wasn't it until the 1950s that an MVP of the series was chosen? If so then the answer to your question would be "nobody" was the MVP.
     
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    Doh! BD1 just passed the human test. I was wrong about youse BD1... Still watching you though.
     
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    I started to loose real interest in MLB when they started going on strike and shortening the season. I was never too pleased with the owners using players up and trading them off in their twilight years either, but the series of strikes by the players didn't endear me to them either. I haven't followed a team for over forty years, back then I really was a Giants fan, left over from Willy Mays I guess.
     
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    You know I couldn't agree more! I'm tired of walking around school and seeing nothing but a whole bunch of people wearing punk rock or ghetto clothes, it pisses me off, and the amount of sexually related things every talks about. Don't get me wrong, I like a little bit of modern rap and other music, but I don't take it to the extent where I want to be like those people. Every generation has it's own thing, but ours is ridiculous.
     

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