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21. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Always stokes my ire a bit when I hear the term 'do gooders' used in anger, probably because I'm one of them. I think there is quite a lot wrong with some of what is being expressed here however.

I think Gary Moll is right that we do need parents to take more responsibility for the 'moral' education of their children, but also that most peoples experience isn't as negative as a few of those expressed above.

Often I hear people talking about their fear of young people, about no go areas, and about how there isn't any discipline any more. Here's news - people have had these opinions of young people since civilisation began to exist. And more often than not it is just fear. The vast majority of young people in Britain wouldn't dream of committing an act of violence against an unknown adult.

Maybe there should be some kind of big stick to hit parents with if their children's behaviour seriously affect the lives of other (and not just if they're perceived to), though in practice I can see this being very difficult to police. But at the same time we need better carrots too - better parenting support and education, more suitable activities for young people to take part in and more information and support in making good life choices. Countries that do these things see lower rates of crime amongst their young people.

And as for the sterilisation comment - I think that's foul personally.

22. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting magykal1

Often I hear people talking about their fear of young people, about no go areas, and about how there isn't any discipline any more. Here's news - people have had these opinions of young people since civilisation began to exist.

On a small but related side-note, that reminds me of people griping about teenagers who take public transportation, and how rude and pushy they are. However, in my experience, it's the elderly who are the rudest of all. The people who cut in line, steal a seat out from under you, don't say thank you when you give up your place, whack you with umbrellas, crowd around the door, and push to get out first are inevitably retirees. And I don't mean that most of the elderly are rude - just that the very rude people I encounter are more likely to be older than younger. And yet they complain mercilessly about the state of youth today.

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