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Everything That's Wrong With Kids These Days (Or: Reframing Children's Problems)

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This is quite possibly a very vague presentation (prepared for my Sociology of Children class) without the luxurious sound of my voice accompanying it. I should work on that.

This is quite possibly a very vague presentation (prepared for my Sociology of Children class) without the luxurious sound of my voice accompanying it. I should work on that.

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  • 1. WHAT’S WRONG WITH KIDS THESE DAYS?
  • 2. OR,TO PUT ANOTHER WAY, THIS IS THE TOPIC ABOUT...“problem children” vs.children’s problems
  • 3. dis⋅course an⋅al⋅y⋅sis [diss-kawrs ann-all-i-sis]– noun. Examining how we understand and thinkabout the world by deconstructing the ways in whichwe talk about it.
  • 4. facts and fictionsabout today’s youth
  • 5. one of the biggest challengeschildren face is their relative lack of social power
  • 6. kids are rude immoral lazy & greedy stupid at-risk
  • 7. kids are rude
  • 8. “A crying baby isthe best form of birth control.” – Carole Tabron
  • 9. kids are immoral
  • 10. Cheating is relatively rare inclassrooms where thelearning is genuinelyengaging and meaningful tostudents and where acommitment to exploringsignificant ideas hasn’t beeneclipsed by a single-mindedemphasis on “rigor.” – Alfie Kohn
  • 11. only 30-35% of children trust celebrities 77% trust friends 86% trust parents and teachers
  • 12. kids are lazy & greedy
  • 13. $1,800,000
  • 14. kids are stupid
  • 15. things today’s kids willnever know!(!!)
  • 16. kids are at-risk
  • 17. why do westereotype kids?
  • 18. blaming the victim:
  • 19. living in aculture of fear:
  • 20. idealizingthe past:
  • 21. targeting kidsto absolve adults:
  • 22. Kids’ Real Problems:• Child abuse and neglect• Lack of affordable quality child care• Lack of access to good nutrition• Lack of access to health care• Lack of access to quality education• An adult culture of work and efficiency
  • 23. Struggles in Addressing These:• Images of childhood as a time of innocence• Images of children as passive victims• Adult role expectation of protecting the weak• Lack of adult awareness of realities of kids’ lives• Limits of child assertiveness• Limits of child empowerment
  • 24. where can we benefit fromcritical perspectives?
  • 25. Reading for the Week:• Pages 418-470