I know I'm going to sound like some old codger here but I think a part of this problem is economics. Today, it takes both mom and dad working full time and taking any overtime they can get just to provide for a reasonably comfortable middle class lifestyle. Many kids get very little in the way of parenting and their only role models are other kids.
In our day, we had a lot of stay at home moms teaching us social behavior and etiquette. Dad usually only needed to put in a 40 hour week and had a few hours every night to influence and mentor us. On weekends the entire family did stuff together and typically interacted with other families where we learned social skills and values.
Then add to that, our entertainment culture where the top Hollywood role models are typically rude, violent, bad ass characters who are the antithesis of social grace.
Not saying this is the only factor but I do think economic pressure plays a big role.
I have to politely disagree with the last part of the premise in your first statement. I don't think it's that their sole
role models are other kids. I think your Last statement has more to do with it! They're being parented by Brittany Spears, Paris (...dipshit self absorbed whore,) Hilton, and the likes of "The Jersey Shore & Laguna!!!" Add that to the various "Sports Celebrities" being Idolized and that think they're above Civil behavior and or the Law, not to mention The immoral and or criminal antics of our politicians & problems with various church & clergy?????
Schools graduate illiterate students, colleges are party, party, party!!! WTF would you expect! A lie isn't a "Lie", Sex isn't "Sex"! Rape isn't "Rape" Spin, spin, spin,.. and Mom & Dad are working more hours for less money so they aren't
home or just don't care!!!
I used to drive Limo's for a living. Did it for 8 years, I've Driven for many many Prom's & homecomings, You wouldn't BELIEVE
the stuff I've seen & heard from kids!!! And honestly,.. the richer their parents, the dumber & more selfish & self centered they were!! Don't get me wrong, I've seen plenty of the dirt poor "Trailer Trash" types that werent any better!
I saw MANY
more responsible, polite, self respecting, intelligent kids coming from solidly blue collar, middle class neighborhoods than I did from anywhere else! (...and before anybody gets all "Flame Happy
" on me,) There were obviously exceptions to all of this, but I can honestly say, I saw nowhere near
enough of them to believe that it disproves my statements or would change my opinions!!!
If we're dependent on today's youth in general or those of the wealthy, powerful or famous in particular to watch over the world & run things in our declining years,... WE'RE FUCKED!!!!!
(...How THAT for "Old & Codger!!!"