I had a conversation with my 13 year old today that really has me really disturbed. He asked me why we were going to school this evening. I told him it was to find out where his classes are and to meet his teachers. The first question he asked was if he didn’t like one, could he switch to a different class. I guess what bothers me is I would never think to ask that question ever. Even if I did, I’m sure my mother would just laugh at me and tell me to suck it up. What kids need to understand today is that life will not always be the way they want it to be. They will have to work for and with people they may not like. They will have to do work they may not like. They will have to stay in a class with a teacher they do not like. They will have responsibilities that no one likes but they will just have to find a way to get through it. I don’t blame the kids at all. We live in a society where we try and accommodate every need, every person. It just can’t work. We are replacing the word want with the word need and the two are getting confused. We have taught kids that everything should be comfortable and pleasing and to their liking and if something is uncomfortable for them then by golly let’s change it. I’ve also written about my take on the school policy of handing work in whenever you feel like it. Don’t feel like doing the work that’s due tomorrow, do it another night and just hand it in whenever you’re done. I’m not sure if we are stepping away enough from our actions to see what we are doing. What are we actually teaching these kids and what kind of message are we actually sending? It’s just something that was on my mind so I figured I would share. What are your thoughts?