Sunday, March 14, 2010

God Save the Children

Time to refocus following a previous post, "The Despicable Age": The appropriate response for our youth is doubtlessly rebellion; Standing up against this confused and inane tradition that is known as western civilization. It's our fight against having life castrated.

Our youth continue to illustrate the rate at which we are losing our humanity. Often enough, the kid slitting his wrists is no different from the pacified* wonder-student who plays baseball and the alto saxophone when he isn't working for his "Jewish Carpenter Boss" trying to save the world from, essentially, himself. The American teenager is riddled with unnatural and debilitating pressures, mistakenly called "responsibilities." The home front often offers little support, not due to poor parenting or neglect but rather because it's uncharted territory. Developmental psychology is still on the rise and, simply, prior generations didn't give a damn about what the child thought or did; the concern was for what the child thought or did wrong. It appears that we have all forced each other into a game of "Ostracise the Nonconformist." And really, who wants to see their child ostracised. If you really take the time to understand why a teenager is rebellious and frustrated, you'll notice that we will always be rebellious and frustrated; we just become less of who we should've been.

The kid who shuts down and refuses to function is responding adequately. Especially within these concurrent generations, within my generation. Just imagine the stigma no-child-left-behind will leave on these tragic kids. We will be remembered for graduating on the "adjusted" honour roll. When the standards of education were dramatically and visibly lowered so that test scores and passing statistics could rise. Yet another unfortunate association of the Bush administration, I suppose. Though in all honesty and natural fairness, some kids ought to be left behind. They're not all winners, they can't be; we are bound to have some losers. Actually, we'll have a whole lotta losers and very few "winners". We need less of this unfocused and generic attention on children. We need more Darwin and That Devil Science (Great Christian rock group from Arkansas). We need to let nature take control; it will, inevitably.

*He just happens to be on attention deficit medication because, at one point in his useless existence, he displayed actual soul, real character and his parents couldn't handle it and presumed the world couldn't either.

8 comments:

  1. Nice Post. I just didn't understand one thing. What makes the children to be so rebellious? is that because there is this terrible competition in our society or because these children are excluded from our society?

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  2. Thanks!
    I see their rebellion as an overall reaction to everything that we have to face from childhood until adulthood. From being treated as just another student among 30 in any given class to being treated as an opinion-less and emotionally invincible rag-doll. I think people remember that kids have feelings, that's why we cheer them up so easily; but, people forget that what a child feels is a lot more significant than what an adult feels. A child will pick up fears and anxieties that will ruin his development.

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  3. so, raise a kid expectation free is what you're getting at here or...? like, when you say we need less "unfocused and generic attention on children" what are you suggesting instead? just wondering.

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  4. How about high school being optional; those who don't want to be there don't go anyway. I know it's a little extreme, but it sure would save a whole lotta money. Children who want to learn will learn.

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  5. if high school became optional, how would one join the workforce? can't get a degree...so they could work some under the table shit all their lives, or do retail or whatever, assuming they wouldn't all become actors or grammy winners. Or go to trade school blah blah. OR the need for a degree could be eliminated, which would probably result in the standards of education being lowered still.

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  6. You're thinking illogically. If there are less uninterested people in high school, there wouldn't be the need to cater to the thick. Therefore, grades will drop but standards will increase along with the VALUE of education.

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  7. nah i'm not thinking illogically, i agree that the standards in school would increase. what i'm saying is it's like an illusion of a choice. like oh ok, I don't have to go to high school, great i'm awesome, but then what are my options after that? fact is, if you do not finish high school, you haven't even done the minimum to ensure financial stability in the future. i'm saying you'd be fucked if you chose not to go. so yea, ok, school standards are at an all time high by default, but now there's this huge gap between the people who got their education, and those who didn't. there'd even be a gap within the educated as a result of the higher standard. Also, now there's all this unemployment, and now we have to find a way to cater to that shit...and basically it would be like saying it's ok to not even do the minimum, essentially validating those "uninterested people" and catering to them in that regard.

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  8. Well, here's how I see it: If high school becomes optional, like it used to be, the meaning of education will become valid like it used to be. The gap will always exist, the only difference with our current system is that we've got people from the bottom of the gene pool thinking they're at the top. Wrongful entitlement, it's the curse of the ignorant.
    If the mass population essentially has a clear divide between intellectuals and, for lack of a better term, labourers, then the workforce can be utilized more efficiently. The problem is that people are being treated as numbers except we're all the number two, ya smell me?
    I know; idealism always fails.

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