It may seem hard to believe, but when you tell children that results don’t matter, so long as they gave it a good effort. . . They grow up believing it. America is currently experiencing some of the worst youth unemployment rates in recent memory. Young adults, fresh out of college, are living in their parent’s basement, saving next to nothing, and finding it increasingly difficult to land a productive job. The astounding part is: This is not all the fault of Washington DC’s embrace of Obamanomics. Employability has something to do with it.
Recently, while interviewing young “professionals” for a job opportunity, it occurred to me that few of these recent graduates possessed the basic understanding of what was expected of them. Interviewees showed up chewing gum, with half completed resumes, and wearing their favorite “Off Road Moab” t-shirts. (Alright, in all fairness only one person showed up with that T shirt. But what happened to wearing a suit and tie?) The only thing more astounding than their complete lack of professionalism was their disconnected sense of self worth. Every single one of the interviewees who meandered through my office with a sense of misplaced leisure was clearly told by their parents, teachers, and advisors that they could be anything in the world they desired. What they were clearly never told was that they have to work hard for it.
It seems to me that our Liberal education system is more broken than the budgets, pension plans and tenured teachers would lead you to believe. One of the greatest casualties of liberal-progressive indoctrination is common sense. Kids are brought up believing the world revolves around them, because that’s what they are told. Exceptionalism is rarely praised more than someone’s self-confidence and most children are shielded - by our politically correct society - from failure of any kind.
This liberal mentality explains many of the nuances regarding the younger generations. Rights are touted as the corner stone of American style democracy. (By the way: We live in a republic.) Yet, too often, we fail to explain to our youth what “rights” really are. Is birth control a right? Is housing a right? Is food a right? Many of the same young voters that contend everyone is entitled to free birth control scoff at the idea of anyone owning a gun. Rights are interpreted, in most educational institutions, as an entitlement that government owes someone.
When Sandra Fluke argued for “the right to contraception”. . . She was asking for someone else to subsidize her birth control.
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