The most notable difference between then and now is the focus of kids. What I focused on as a child is nothing near what today's child focuses on. In fact, it's flat-out scary!
When I was growing up, my parents preached how important my education was. I got grounded when I didn't get good grades and praised when I did. I had the ability to be an "A" student, but most of the time I only gave a "C" effort. I didn't realize how what I did in school would affect me later as I approached adulthood.
Today's kids have a different mindset. They don't want to give much of an effort at all. What for? They're not focused on school because they think learning is dumb. It's more important to them to be cool than it is to be successful. It's all about image in schools now and parents rarely do anything to prevent that mindset.
"You're being lame when you try to be smart."
Too many "role models" have not really embraced education and that has trickled down to the children. Athletes, musicians, and celebrities only display life in the fast lane while rarely discussing how they got there. Parents don't make it any better by explaining how much hard work goes into being successful regardless of the career. From a stockbrocker to a stripper, if you don't work hard then you will struggle with being successful.
Kids may not know that their favorite rapper is a college grad. They don't know that an athlete is fluent in two languages and very familiar with a couple of others. They haven't a clue about a child actress being home schooled. It's up to parents to reveal that to the kids and keep their focus on the importance of school.
Kids tent to only pay attention to the glitz and glamour and that is continuing to dumb down this country. It's going to catch up with us as a nation. I guarantee you. And it won't take too many more years for it to do so.
What can be done to help kids focus on schoolwork instead of their image?