Letters Oct. 18 - What's wrong with youth these days?

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What is happening to our youth?

Dear Editor,

What happened to our present education system?

When my children attended school, there was no such thing as disrespecting teachers, parents and adults. If this happened at school, students were required to write lines or assigned extra duties at home. Parents would ensure their children were given extra duties and apologized to their parents.

Today, most children and young adults can’t count money. An example is if a customer bought something that cost $10.50 and gave the cashier $20.50, the cashier wouldn’t know how much change to give to the consumer. This is the result of calculators and computers.

Today, there is too many days off from school. Every second Friday students don’t have school. If a student is off on Monday due to a holiday, than they have Friday off also. If there is no school on Friday, then they are given Monday off.

Finally, when an individual goes into a grocery store, there are clerks who chew gum as if they were chewing their cud and at times saliva would hit customers in their face.

In my opinion, business supervisors and manager are not training their staff correctly. What is happening to our youth?

-Joyce Redekopp,
Lacombe, Alta.

(To be fair, students do spend a fair amount of time outside of school doing school work, and the curriculum is much heavier than it was decades ago.)


Become positive role models for youth

Dear Editor,

In today’s world everything appears to be about take. The more money some individuals have, the more they appear to expect for nothing.

The motto I grew up with was to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The majority of mature individuals continuously offer to visit people who have no family close by, assist in driving people to doctor appointments, shopping, et cetera, donating time to visit people at lodges, nursing homes and at times assist with bingos, luncheons and festive bake sales and bazaars.

There are some youth who won’t help their parents or grandparents unless there is money attached to the assistance.

We, as mature individuals, need to be positive role models for our youth. Even a small gesture such as assisting someone across the street, offering to carry someone’s groceries, opening a door for a stranger, smiling at passerby, help to ensure our youth become valuable and stand up citizens of this great world.

-Joyce Redekopp,
Lacombe, Alta.

(It’s always a good idea to set a good example for youth, but it isn’t fair to paint them all with the same brush.)