Generation Z Nincompoops
Beth J. Harpaz, a writer for the Associated Press, has penned an article, Are We Raising a Generation of Nincompoops, which has appeared in a slew of dailies and online new sites over the last 48 hours. Here is her opener:
Second-graders who can’t tie shoes or zip jackets. Four-year-olds in Pull-Ups diapers. Five-year-olds in strollers. Teens and preteens befuddled by can openers and ice-cube trays. College kids who’ve never done laundry, taken a bus alone or addressed an envelope. Are we raising a generation of nincompoops? And do we have only ourselves to blame?
I have to admit, some of the things in this article hit me square between the eyes, though I’m not confessing which ones. Not today anyway. =)
Harpaz, who by broadest definition is a Gen Xer (she was born in 1961) comes by this subject matter naturally. In 2009, her book, 13 is the new 18 (and other things my children taught me while I was having a nervous breakdown being their mother) was published.
What do you think? Are we doing too much for Generation Z? If so why? Why do the majority of Gen Xers seem to overparent and coddle their kids so much?