I blame our schools. They have become a complete joke. Teachers are too concerned about a kid's self-esteem to tell him that his writing sucks and he will fail a grade if he doesn't start working harder. And he needs to be failed if he can't do it.
With all this emphasis on self-esteem, kids today certainly don't seem to be very confident in themselves. Just listen to them talk. They can't even make a declarative statement, they have to say "it was, like......"or "I was, like....."or "he was, like....."
And every time they say something, they have to say it as if it's a question.
"I was walking down the road? And I saw this like big truck? And he like swerved to miss this dog?"
You have to nod your understanding at the end of each sentence or they can't go on. I've stopped nodding for them. I just look at them with my head stock-still and they don't know what to do.
Well if public schools waste too much time on math, science, history, reading and writing there won't be enough hours in the day for the important subjects like global warming and gay studies.