We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
" The generation now coming of age has been taught three Great Untruths: their feelings are always right; they should avoid pain and discomfort; and they should look for faults in others and not themselves. These three Great Untruths are part of a larger philosophy that sees young people as fragile creatures who must be protected and supervised by adults. But despite the good intentions of the adults who impart them, the Great Untruths are harming kids by teaching them the opposite of ancient wisdom and the opposite of modern psychological findings on grit, growth, and antifragility. The result is rising rates of depression and anxiety, along with endless stories of college campuses torn apart by moralistic divisions and mutual recriminations."
Weirdly, I created two kids who are all about making a good living, saving and building a life for themselves. My son, especially. He seems very driven to save a ton of money once he graduates college so he can buy a nice car and a house.
I think for many kids it is what it taught at home that sticks with them, over a host of public school teachers. And personality types.
I agree with you. I was a single mom and did a pretty good job w/o any help from an absent father my first husband. However, I did not do that by sitting around feeling sorry for myself! Nor, were there any support groups nearby to help me get the job of my dreams! Lastly, I have to tell you that I have met some monstrous school teachers. The most dangerously neurotic in my experience have been those teaching 4-8th grades. With seniority they get moved up to teach the older kids which is considered an intellectual accomplishment. However, they are not capable of teaching anyone but K-1st grade, so as the captive audience becomes more of a challenge the teacher's neurosis become more and more dangerous to any child. I personally know a woman who believes that at least half of her fourth grade students are frustrated homosexuals and she delights in encouraging them to make their feelings known. I believe she does this because she doesn't like teaching in the backwater Republican town she finds herself in--can't stand those rednecks you know! I shudder to think of harm she has caused over the years. Finally, got an "opportunity" to retire early (they bought her out). The union system controlling our public school systems will go down in history as the decimator of this country!