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Back in the seventies, high schoolers who didn't feel like attending
classes could sit in the hallways or go to the student lounge. A number of
schools offered esoteric electives with little in the way of expectations
or objectives for student performance. One parent I know, was notified
after her daughter had skipped school for five weeks. Parents in our
progressive, upscale communities were unaware or unconcerned about their
kids' allowances going for dime bags.
Now these youngsters are parents--some of the same ones buying kegs for
their teenager's parties, and renting hotel rooms for them. Some whose
lives are so chaotic they are unable to manage a functioning family life.
Our naivete twenty years odd ago was well intentioned, but it was a
social experiment which will haunt us for generations. We failed to provide
guidance, communicate expectations, and set limits.
Today's kids are paying a terrible price.