The "Me" generation happened and due to the fact these kids are not disciplined they can't be told "no" without their feelings getting hurt and the parents being called "child abusers" so they've become lazy and apathetic.
Some of my best professors in college would straight call you out for writing a crappy paper/essay. Not just "I think you could do better," more like "this sucks and it gave me a goddamn headache to read, rewrite it and don't be an idiot this time."
It is teachers too though. This kid probably never had his researched questions reviewed by a teacher, or the teacher doesn't know shit about anything...