RON HART: I won't blow smoke up your graduation gown

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 17:28 PM.

John Maloney is right about the misinformation we get as kids. Growing up, I really thought from watching cartoons that quicksand was going to be a bigger problem than it turned out to be. I was not prepared for real-life problems, like relatives who want to borrow money.

The top 5 percent of students in that class do not need me telling them they can do anything. They get it. The damage comes in pandering to the bottom half of the class who are led to believe

“Just be yourselves and the world is your oyster.” They then say, “Why trade school? I’m told I’m the best white rapper in Calhoun County .”

That sort of coddling, false confidence is why half of American workers are unhappy and disappointed when they have to work hard at something. They inevitably view themselves as "victims" (a.k.a. Democrats). Intuition tempts us to call this “compassion,” which is really feel-good lies told to kids that take the onus off them and put the blame on others. It becomes a perpetual excuse.

Boys go to work out of school and are blindsided by reality. They never know what hit them; it’s like marrying a Kardashian.

Unrealistic expectations may be the reason suicide rates are up among middle-aged Americans, now outnumbering automobile accident deaths. Suicides are up a staggering 40 percent from 1999 to 2010 among whites. This is the generation of 9th place participation ribbon recipients who post the sandwich they had for lunch on Facebook.

They confuse any effort with success. And their parents often don’t have the guts to let their kids face consequences.



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