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Why are kids and teens so stupid?
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Re: Why are kids and teens so stupid?

Quote:The best answer I can give to this question to anyone that asks is that they are treated as if they were stupid, so they become stupid.
I vote for that as well. It's the same as if you want someone to be trustworthy, just trust them. They'll change eventually. And it works most of the time, so it makes sense that it'd work the other way around as well.

Quote:"Public school is the biggest failure of a social experiment in the history of humankind."
"Uh... you mean like providing unprivileged kids free access to an education and giving them opportunities they never had?"
That's funny indeed. You're talking about public school as a whole, and their response is specific to schools in 3rd world countries, the kind of places where parents can't read or write, therefore the kids won't learn either unless they have someone who can teach them. That's totally not the same thing at all Biggrin
(and yes, there are some places like that in the world. So, schools are a good thing there, but only to the point where they teach kids to read and write and provide materials for them to learn, as long as they're not forcing anyone... which I'm sure they probably do)

Quote:Amazing how school has convinced people to fight tooth and nail to defend the imprisonment of 100s of millions of children all over the planet. The same prison cell they had to endure when they were young.
I'm still trying to figure out why people do that. And why, most of all, they get so damn hostile and defensive about it. Maybe deep down they know you have a point and they don't want to admit that they actually wasted 12 years in school. Because being different from everyone else is really hard, and they'd rather be "normal", even if they're actually wrong. They'd rather feel right than be right. And of course, people aren't even aware that they're doing this, all those decisions are subconscious. I dunno, it's damn creepy to think about actually. Can that really be it?


Quote:The replies? "I want someone who's hot!"
"I want someone who's totally ripped!"
"Someone who's fun in... uh... [laugh]"
I answered, "Someone who is understanding and who I can trust." Everyone in the room stared at me like I was some alien, and then some people started laughing and asking me if I was serious and if I ever want to get a girlfriend.
I feel your pain.

Quote:- Kids who can't type worth a shit. Honestly, it's just a few extra keystrokes and backspaces. Can you NOT comprehend that?
They're fun to mock, though.

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Re: Why are kids and teens so stupid? - MM - 03-27-2009, 08:22 AM
Re: Why are kids and teens so stupid? - SoulRiser - 03-28-2009 03:39 AM
Re: Why are kids and teens so stupid? - MM - 04-22-2009, 10:48 AM

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