I was a motivational speaker for a group of school business officials.
One of the school board guest speakers led a discussion about an increasingly entitled younger generation and how the school system is to blame.
The way his argument unfolds is kids no longer have authority figures in their lives. As a result, they lack discipline and work ethic and feel entitled to the same if not more reward as others; without doing the work.
The school system-riddled with Paperwork, policies and overbearing parents gets in the way of a teacher or principles ability to discipline. Thus kids do not get the direction and leadership they would from having authority figures in their lives.
The speech advanced when the guest speaker suggested many Parents today don't stand in a position of authority. Instead, they often act like friends to their children, leaving boundaries for attitudes and behaviour wide open.
This lack of direction and authority could create a generation of undisciplined future leaders.
According to the guest speaker; to turn this sinking ship around, the school system needs to fight back against overbearing, over involved parents, streamline paperwork and policies and put the reins of authority back into the hands of school professionals.