Our Kids: Why They Are in Trouble

“…On one hand, there is a college-educated, upper third of American society that is following “neo-traditional” marriage patterns. Through hard work and social engagement, many, but not all, of these families have managed to get ahead in a turbulent world. Putnam does well not to paint these individuals as villains but rather as the hardworking parents and children they are.

The picture of the other sector is not pretty. Many of the traditional ties that used to hold lower working-class families together have simply disintegrated. Putnam’s description of a modern underworld presents multipartnered and fatherless households, poor school performance, drug and gang cultures, sexual promiscuity and all sorts of destabilizing factors that cause shyness, aggression, anxiety, and depression in children.”

  • Brett_McS

    Charles Murray paints the same sort of picture, just by looking at the range within ‘white America’ (which he did to avoid the racist canards thrown at him last time).

    • Anything else is racist;)

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I suspect that we are approaching “Peak Racism”.

        • El Martyachi

          It’s been just over the horizon for ages.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            No, I swear, this time is the real one!
            Yeah, your right.

  • Editor

    Don’t worry, with the Melissa Harris Perry ” kids belong to whole communities”, the Hillary Clinton “it takes a village” and the Gregg Bereznick, the Superintendent of Education at the Waterloo Region District School Board, ” educators as co-parents” leftist mindset, the kids will be alright. Cultural marxists raise upstanding, responsible children.

  • Jabberwokk

    Minor Critique.

    Aggression is a gift not a curse.

    Play football with a team with aggressive players and then one that isn’t.

    It’s a blessing that requires discipline and wisdom to be used to it’s fullest.

  • k

    As some one with boots on the ground in Toronto…
    I beg to differ…
    I see white middleclass/upper class parents NOT INSTRUCTING THEIR CHILDREN ENOUGH….which is leading toooooo
    all sorts of good University/College going kids with….
    -drug habits!
    -and landing in prostitution rackets!
    -encouraging arts (few meet with success)= lives of poverty & waste of brain power
    -lack of understanding of honesty (no one gets it from their parents/Judao/Christian religions/school, and the security services have an image crisis thanks to the 60’s social revolution)
    I find WHITE middle class/upper are starving for adult INSTRUCTION as they have had TOO MUCH FREEDOM BEFORE THEY HAVE HAD ENOUGH MATURITY TO DEAL THE FREDOM ….. vacuums eventually get filled

    • From my limited experience with upper-middle-class teens and 20-somethings, I’m inclined to agree. I mean the sort of kids whose parents are members of country clubs. From what I’ve seen they tend to be spoiled, neglected, ill-mannered, immature and miserable.