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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2012-08-21 05:37:19
...has turned out to be a terrible thing. We've invested over an entire generation of our educational system into teaching students that they weren't useless, resulting in the creation of overconfident ego machines. Look at these tips for managing Millennials. That is some SERIOUSLY high-maintenance effort. Remember the simpler times when you'd expect employees to do work, in exchange for paychecks? When people were grateful they HAD work?
I much prefer the Asian approach. Their students think they're just shit at math and science, but actually rock out. Our American kids think they ARE the shit, but are actually horrid. Youthful felons have a strong correlation to high self-esteem; they think they're better than others and thus feel entitled to abuse their fellows. And the generation at large is likely to believe problems exist only externally, because they obviously can't be at fault.
Today's comic was extrapolated from a Don Daglow presentation. It chafes me that European gamers are "tougher" than we are.
My fellow American parents: allow your kids to fail. Let them taste adversity, and learn how to conquer it. I don't think I'm particularly hard on my kid; I only give him most of the same responsibilities I had at his age. I feel confident that he'll enjoy plenty of opportunity amid the lethargic competition he'll face.
(For anyone offended by today's post, just write it off as the ravings of an old crankpot.)