It may seem hard to believe, but when you tell children that results don’t matter, so long as they gave it a good effort. . . They grow up believing it. America is currently experiencing some of the worst youth unemployment rates in recent memory. Young adults, fresh out of college, are living in their parent’s basement, saving next to nothing, and finding it increasingly difficult to land a productive job. The astounding part is: This is not all the fault of Washington DC’s embrace of Obamanomics. Employability has something to do with it.
Recently, while interviewing young “professionals” for a job opportunity, it occurred to me that few of these recent graduates possessed the basic understanding of what was expected of them. Interviewees showed up chewing gum, with half completed resumes, and wearing their favorite “Off Road Moab” t-shirts. (Alright, in all fairness only one person showed up with that T shirt. But what happened to wearing a suit and tie?) The only thing more astounding than their complete lack of professionalism was their disconnected sense of self worth. Every single one of the interviewees who meandered through my office with a sense of misplaced leisure was clearly told by their parents, teachers, and advisors that they could be anything in the world they desired. What they were clearly never told was that they have to work hard for it.
It seems to me that our Liberal education system is more broken than the budgets, pension plans and tenured teachers would lead you to believe. One of the greatest casualties of liberal-progressive indoctrination is common sense. Kids are brought up believing the world revolves around them, because that’s what they are told. Exceptionalism is rarely praised more than someone’s self-confidence and most children are shielded - by our politically correct society - from failure of any kind.
This liberal mentality explains many of the nuances regarding the younger generations. Rights are touted as the corner stone of American style democracy. (By the way: We live in a republic.) Yet, too often, we fail to explain to our youth what “rights” really are. Is birth control a right? Is housing a right? Is food a right? Many of the same young voters that contend everyone is entitled to free birth control scoff at the idea of anyone owning a gun. Rights are interpreted, in most educational institutions, as an entitlement that government owes someone.
When Sandra Fluke argued for “the right to contraception”. . . She was asking for someone else to subsidize her birth control.
When community organizer Barack Obama demanded “the right to affordable housing” in Chicago. . . He was demanding someone else subsidize homes for people with less wealth.
When our schools teach children that everyone has a “right” to achieve their dreams. . . They demand those dreams be subsidized by people who have already achieved in life.
The Youth vote turned out in force for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. Their view that every individual has the “right” to free contraceptives, or education, or a job, carried their imagination into the voting booth. Embedded in the generally liberal mentality of our youth is a notion that they are the brightest, best and most ambitious America has to offer.
When you give every child a ribbon, they are denied any lesson in competition. And, believe it or not, competition is a very real part of succeeding. Simply because someone “wants” something does not mean they are entitled, or even deserving. Every one of my interviewees explained how they would excel at the job opportunity. They carried on about their abilities, their intellect, and their creativity. Only two explained the position would be an opportunity to learn. Humility rarely coincides with the liberal notion that the world owes you something.
With the mentality of “no-child-left-behind” and “everyone-wins”, our public education system is failing to create individuals who strive for success. The deeply embedded liberal thought that “everyone is entitled to the American dream” ironically shields our youth from learning the core element of achieving success: hard work.
When every child gets graded on their effort, and not their success, results are bound to suffer. When individuals are judged by their intentions, and not their qualifications, productivity is bound to suffer. When our youth are told that the world owes them everything, entitlement is bound to overshadow their ambition.
Maybe we should only hand out trophies to the winners. . . After all, not everyone gets a job.