Are kids really lazier? Or are we just more aware of the kids we didn't necessarily cross paths with when we were younger?
I know that when I was in high school, about half of the students went to a vocational/technical high school. Those kids learned a trade early in life, graduating with a certificate and a diploma. But quite a few of us were separated from that segment of the population.
But let's suppose that kids are becoming lazier. I have a few theories, but none hold true under all circumstances.
I have noticed that an increasing number of parents are becoming busier (both parents working and/or with two jobs). I have noticed that free time is being spent in front of the television and/or video game console. I have noticed that parents are exhausted and are grateful for the respite that "plugging in" our children provides.
Recently, I was a mother to an exchange student for four months. I was shocked by the amount of vigilance necessary to provide a nurturing an educational environment for the girl. I am a teacher, and I still struggled to help her organize her time to minimize hours on homework. She absolutely wanted all of the good things in life with the absolute minimum of work. Don't we all? But I cannot imagine that most parents have the time, energy, or awareness (of the current educational system and all of its safety nets) to be able to successfully guide a flailing youngster towards success.
In addition, "Jeopardy", "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", the lottery, and other get-rich-quick schemes permeate our lives. We know that it is possible to find wealth without working like a dog. So many of us try. We can get from here to there in a matter of seconds by turning the key in the ignition and stepping on the gas. What a shame. Very few of us are walking, cycling, or using any alternative form of transportation that might actually help us become more fit. Our children are...