The Great Softening of the American youth is in full effect in the year 2018, as young people increasingly rely on litigious threats to get even with adults after perceived disses and embarrassments.
There once stood a chasm of knowledge and power between school-bound young people and the adults who would corral them throughout the day in our nation’s public education system. These teachers, counselors, and administrators have dedicated their lives to the upbringing and guidance of our nation’s youngsters, and, in many ways are vastly under recognized for their efforts by society.
It is this resentment, coupled with the absurdly putrid litigious nature of our society, that has caused the youth of America to grow unwieldy and wild in the early parts of the 21st century. Thanks to this unending and pervasive societal swing toward always calling on the ultimate authority to settle disputes, we are seeing a country of kids being raised to only respect their fellow man while facing the threat of legal retribution. No longer are American children holding onto the humility necessary to learn from those who dedicate their lives to teaching, rather, these young brats are questioning and belittling these educational entities.
In other words, discipline is dead in our nation’s public school system, as kids are more interested in pitting their parents’ lawyers against underpaid teachers than they are interested in learning a lesson or two in humility.
This poor attitude has come into the spotlight in Colorado, where a teacher urging a student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance has been arrested.
“Karen Smith, a physical education teacher at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, Colorado, is accused of grabbing a student by his jacket and forcing him to stand during the recitation and then forcibly removing him from the classroom afterward. The incident occurred on February 1, Denver’s CB affiliate reported.
“Smith, a 20-year teaching veteran, turned herself in to police on February 1 to face the charges of child abuse as well as assault in the third degree.”
The school put forth a predictable and pedantic statement for the media:
“‘Today we learned that the Boulder County District Attorney’s office has formally charged Angevine Middle School Physical Education Teacher Karen Smith. Ms. Smith has served Boulder Valley School District for 20 years and is currently on paid administrative leave.’
“‘We are cooperating with the District Attorney’s Office and respect their decision on this matter. We are unable to comment further because it remains a personnel matter that the school district is actively investigating.’
Even worse, Boulder Valley doubled down on the student’s side of the argument by reiterating that there was “no rule” regarding standing for the pledge.
Obviously, the story of Smith and the student is one that can only be told from Smith’s own perspective, and history with this particular student. Perhaps a troublemaker who had earlier responded to similar provocation, this young person chose to travel the legal low road instead of owning up to his own bratty behavior, setting themselves up for an adulthood full of relying on others in order to achieve.