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1/8/2013 8:09:36 AM

Does this generation value education enough?

Now, call me old-fashioned, but I was raised to believe school was important. My parents were serious about homework and assignments, and expected good grades from me even in subjects for which I didn't particularly care that much. Ever since I was a little kid, I've known that school was an important thing to be treated seriously. That's not to say I didn't goof off in class sometimes - I mean, I was a kid, not a robot - but at the end of the day, I always knew it was important to do well, turn my assignments in on time, treat my teachers with respect and be grateful for the opportunities my education offered me. But sadly, it seems like this is an attitude that's less and less common these days. The social aspect of school was always something I saw as a bit of a bonus, but these days, the students at the school where I work seem to see it as nothing more than an excuse to hang out with friends - and what's worse their parents think of it as a free babysitting service that's responsible for raising their kids for them (which doesn't stop them from reacting with outrage when schools try to enforce a little discipline on their precious angels, of course). What's happened, Flood? It seems so bizarre to me that this much could have changed in the eighteen-odd years since I started my pre-tertiary education. Sometimes I find myself wondering if this attitude has been prevalent for a long time and I was just sheltered from it because my parents sent me to small private schools for my whole school life - but I don't think that's it, because I've seen private school kids display this kind of attitude more and more as well, which is really disappointing. It makes me sad, because with the benefit of hindsight, I know that my education set me up really well for the rest of my life - it got me into a good college, it made me more socially adept, it taught me manners and discipline (though my parents did most of that), it made me more aware of the world around me and my responsibilities towards other people, and it unlocked potential in me that I may never even have realised was there if it hadn't been brought out by excellent teachers who wanted me to succeed. And yet, plenty of parents seem not to think this, because if they did, they'd be teaching their kids to value their educations, and fewer and fewer parents seem to be doing so.
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