Habits that children learn when they are young, will stay with them until they are old. So what are we encouraging our kids to be great at? Are we teaching them to be hard workers, problem solvers and world changers? Or are they learning to be great video game players, shoppers and consumers? The greatest generation was great in part because they were one of the hardest working generations. Are the up and coming generations going to be great?
I feel like kids today are being setup and encouraged to fail. We have laws that keep most kids from working a normal job until they are 16 years old. Then the combination of hormones, high school and a lack of any marketable skills keeps most of these teenagers from working until after high school. At that point, about half of students head off to college where they can borrow enormous amounts of money via student loans to keep them from working until after they graduate. The other half of the students are 18 years old, with zero marketable skills, lacking any sort of career path and they are expected to go out and productively enter the workforce. It's no wonder 30% of those 35 and under are still living at home with their parents and 50% of those 16-24 are either unemployed or underemployed.