An article from Reader's Digest. Hm. These people have over 1,140,000 followers on facebook (!!) so they have to be good, right? A few items from their list:
"Kids used to go out and play after school and resolve problems on their own. Now, with computers and TV, they lack the skills to communicate. They don't know how to get past hurt feelings without telling the teacher and having her fix it."
This is one of those true/not true kinds of statements. Sure, in the old days, we learnt not to whine to our teachers about every little problem. That's because we got the "who cares/go deal with it yourself" line from them. A little bullying never hurt anyone, was the prevailing attitude. Some of us older folks lived through hell. For years. Because of that.
So overall, it's a good thing things have changed. The flip side of that is that now teachers and principals seem to have to referee every hurt feeling, and parents (knowing now the dangers of bullying, who can blame them?) are often getting into the mess themselves. But I don't think that children are entirely different than they were 40 years ago.
"When I hear a loud belch, I remember that a student's manners are a reflection of his parents'."
And when I hear a bunch of bullcrap, I remember that it's probably coming from some super-liberal childless teacher who just got her first job. Tell you what. After you raise four or more children to adulthood without any belching incidents whatsoever, I'll believe that your children are just as perfect as you think you are. Until then, shut up.