Tuesday, October 21, 2008

When in doubt, blame the parents

Almost on cue, an older woman stopped at my table at the coffee shop this morning to tell me she liked my McCain-Palin button. "Everyone where I work is so young, they want everything given to them, so they think Obama is great," she said. "Lots of Ohio State students."

I had just finished the extensive summary of The Trophy Kids in today's Wall Street Journal.
    With Wall Street in turmoil and a financial system in crisis mode, companies are facing another major challenge: figuring out how to manage a new crop of young people in the work force -- the millennial generation. Born between 1980 and 2001, the millennials were coddled by their parents and nurtured with a strong sense of entitlement. In this adaptation from "The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaking Up the Workplace," Ron Alsop, a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, describes the workplace attitudes of the millennials and employers' efforts to manage these demanding rookies.
Before reading the review I'd been in a "heated" discussion with a school teacher, about how much is expected of teachers when it is the home that is the problem. We'd segued into that from an even more heated discussion about how to remedy the inequity in women's pay (on which I completely disagree with her, even though we are both conservative Christians and both have children and are/were career women). I had just pointed out to her that Columbus is among the bottom five in major cities in the nation in graduation rates, with Detroit at the bottom. All the failing school districts are heavily into the failed policies of the Democrats and the teachers' unions.

It would appear that the adult off-spring of the successful Baby Boomer couples and the adult off-spring of the welfare moms have all grown up with a sense of entitlement, resisting all expectations that they might need to conform to someone's expectations, want to be tied technologically to their music and friends, and take comfort in an inflated view of their skill level and contribution.

It's interesting that these young people who are at opposite ends of the quintiles of household income will overwhelmingly be voting Obama. "Take care of me Mama," should go on their political badge and be their motto for living and contributing to society.

1 comment:

Brian said...

That's just the tip, I think the Ohio Department of Education should make public all of the school systems in the state that are currently in "failing status." I know last year here in Meigs County we had two out of three and this year it has gone to three out of three that are failing. And almost every school system in southeastern Ohio is failing one area or another, as is most of the urban. ODE and US Dpt of Ed is the worse thing that ever happened to education and it's time we woke up to this fact.