Friday, March 28, 2008

The kids are (not) allright

All over the world, teenagers give their parents headaches. Why are the migraines induced by British kids felt across a whole society? Part of the reason may be that parents aren't always around to help socialize their children — or even just to show them affection. Compared to other cultures, British kids are less integrated into the adult world and spend more time with peers. Add to the mix a class structure that impedes social mobility and an education system that rewards the advantaged, and some children are bound to be left in the cold [...]

A study in 2000 by the OECD found that British parents spend less time with their children compared to other nationalities, leaving them more open to influence from their peers and a commercially driven, celebrity-obsessed media.
Britain's Mean Streets - TIME

This is becoming more and more common over here with Spanish kids as well. And the reason is, again the same. Kids simply DO NOT spend time with their parents, mostly because both their father and their mother spend a ridiculous amount of time working. In Spain, it is common to start work at 9 and not come back until 8 or 9 pm. The idea of "conciliation" (of work and family life) is a pretty new and often considered "softy-liberal-utopian bs".

The article also talks about guess-what... yes. Ratios. Again. But neeever mind... you won't hear any politician talking about that, at least not in my country. Go figure. Maybe we'll have to wait until kids start bringing guns to school here as well.

So, continue blaming the TV, the videogames and the teachers. Because they're the ones that are raising the kids.

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day said...

I think it may not be all about work. Considering the very slutty culture of UK at the moment, i know at least 10 single parents (7 of which are at their early twenties, 2 of which are under 20).. to tell you finding a single mum at the age of under 20 these days in UK is just easy. How can one raise a kid when the parent(s) is still a kid and still want to have SO MUCH fun?

Leaving the children with their grandparents who do not quite understand whats going on in the present, thats HOW.

I talk to a few friends whose education and incomes are high, they say they won't have a child because of 1. the uncertainty of the future (caused by global warming) and 2. the present state of our culture. They say, they are scared that their child will suffer too much.

I think its understandable but when you think about it, the rich, educated couples no longer want kids and the teenagers don't stop producing ... this can't be right.

Elena said...

oh god yes. That too.

The brainless twats are certainly reproducing faster... scary...