I think that these problems can also be specific to places. Every area has
it's own story, and in most of them, I agreee, there are a lot of
preoccupied parents who seem to think children should be less work than
I live in a beach town known for huge car races, spring break, a large biker population
and a lot of retirees. There is an over-all tendency here to have a laid
back aesthetic. In other words many parents move here partly for the dream
of Florida. It's "paradise." People come from all over the world just to
hang out here. Ambition is not typically what calls the residents. The
transient rate is high, as much as a third of the student population
changes over the course of the year in many schools. The dream doesn't
match reality for parents who find low wages, few unions, and a service
economy populated by a lot of people who like to party. So.... guess what.
Here in Margaritaville there are plenty of kids who really are lazy and jaded. And
they have lazy parents. And even lazy teachers.