There are many reasons why the behavior of so many New York City students is miserable, disrespectful, inappropriate, and downright disgusting. I am too humble to say that I know all the reasons, or even that I know which is the primary reason. I do know that one of the reasons has been elegantly stated by a blogger named Jersey Jazzman:
Our kids are inundated by consumerist-driven messages from the minute they open their eyes. They are subjected to loud, bright, crass, violent, inappropriate, inhumane, sexualized, disrespectful, intolerant media in a wide variety of delivery systems. This constant crush of sound and images is capable of dangerously desensitizing them to the real world - a world where they must learn to collaborate, to question, to evaluate, to empathize, and to respect each other.Click here to read the complete article.