Kids and the Economic Downturn .. They have no clue!!

Friday, October 10, 2008, 21:04 —by DLS
This item was posted in Education, General category and has 4 Comments so far.


I don’t have kids, and I am glad that I don’t.

I was watching The Early Show on CBS today and the reporter was interviewing some Arlington, Va., elementary school kids about the economic troubles that the country is experiencing.

It went something like this:

Q: How many Miley Cyrus tickets could $700 Billion buy?

A: Probably 10 or 100.

Q: So, what does recession mean?

A: Well, it’s kinda like free time … 

Q: If I say bail out, you think?

A: It’s like a crime … A bail out is like you’re bailing out a criminal.

Q: If you could only choose the things you really need, what are the most important?

A: Food, water, shampoo and conditioner.

Call me a pessimist, but what’s happening to the kids in our schools? Aren’t they taught anything of any substance? Granted, these were only elementary-aged kids that were interviewed, but this is worrisome.

I checked some stats for the San Diego Unified School District to see where students were in terms of scholastics and found a news release that was issued in July reporting that there was an increase in the drop-out rate:

“On July 16, 2008, the State Department of Education released preliminary figures showing that in San Diego Unified, over a four-year period, 22.8 percent of the Class of 2007 dropped out somewhere between ninth grade and graduation. Another 6 to 8 percent received GEDs or Certificates—most states also count these students as dropouts …”  Please click on the link above to see the rest of this grim report.

Maybe it’s time our kids spent more time studying and learning about current events and what’s going on in the world rather than worrying about what kind of skateboard they ”must have” or when they can be dropped off at the nearest mall so they can hang out with their friends.

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4 Responses to “Kids and the Economic Downturn .. They have no clue!!”

  1. Josh said on Monday, October 13, 2008, 15:41

    I think you were interveiwing the wrong kids. I am 13 myself and i am currently aware of many things that are going on in this world and i have to give a short presentation every week on a current event that is happening inside the U.S or around the world. This Article was a pretty stupid insult. If you wanted to find a kid who didnt know what you are about to ask them im sure you could. But if you find a decently educated kid at school who has a desire to learn they will be able to anser those questions fine. Unless if you were asking a 5 year old i doubt you would get the same results of those quistions again

  2. holly said on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 14:24

    i would like to point out that this bailout does not come as a result of OUR outrageous and ill informed spending decisions. although my generation will still be paying for it without a doubt. perhaps if you should spend more time worrying about the copious amounts of ignorant people your age.

    -Holly (Age 16)

  3. Natasha said on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 17:57

    I understand if you believe that children are not very informed about key topics going on in today’s world – especially if your argument derives itself from elementary-age kids. The age when children should worry themselves with what is going on in the world around them is at the earliest 8th grade. I am currently 22 years old, and have total confidence that every teacher out there is doing their best to educate the children of America in what is going on around them.

    Furthermore, children are a product of their parents. A child’s most influential individual are those who bring them up. If the child only cares about materialistic views, is it the children’s fault or the parents? I would blame a lot of what is going on in this world on the current 35+ year olds. Are the economic woes of today the fault of the child (with no job or income) that convinces their parent to buy that treasured Iphone? Or is it the fault of 45+ year old CEOs who have 44 million+ yearly incomes, that allow their companies to fold? Or how about the mortgage companies who manipulated the low-middle income families to by homes they couldn’t afford and then add on rediculous interest rates and principles?

    I think the adults of tomorrow are more prepared to handle themselves financially than the adults of today. We have all learned from the mistakes of our elders.

  4. Tara said on Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 21:15

    You said it yourself- you don’t have kids. As a parent, I have found that the people who are the most prolific with unsolicited advise are those who have not raised kids. Furthermore, those who are the quickest to criticize how the kids today are being raised are adults who haven’t been there. Raising children in today’s world is vastly different than parenting was before the internet, cell phones, and highly sexualized and violent programs on prime time television. It can’t be compared to parenting in previous generations.

    Kudos to Holly above, who pointed out that the children today didn’t make these mistakes, but will certainly be paying for them when they reach adulthood. So true.

    So what if elementary aged children can’t define a recession or a bail out. Would we want them to? Why would it be important for a young child to worry about such things when they should be consumed with the tasks of growing up, learning to share, to read, to ride a bike, and to get their chores done before they can play outside? I think teaching young children about the current state of the economy would be above their heads and needlessly anxiety-provoking (how many of us adults don’t even really understand what is going on?- take a poll at work).

    I agree that the fact that so many teens are dropping out of high school is alarming, and something should be done to help. But, the ironic thing about our society is that we continue to harp on how bad our education system is, how much it needs to improve, and that our country is going downhill. Yet, despite how important we say education is, we continue to cut money from the education budget every year. If it is so important to us, shouldn’t we all try a little harder to give our educators more?

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