Originally Posted by OliveJewel
Do you feel like the world is actually becoming a nicer place through our next generations' attitudes toward one another?
I hope so.
But I don't think I believe it as a general truth. To be true, I think people have to become nicer, not just children. People are not nicer. If they were, we wouldn't have the political, social, and environmental problems that exist today, which are no better (and sometimes worse) than in earlier eras.
I think there is greater awareness and more understanding generally. I think people have higher expectations of good behaviour and that has made a difference. There are more resources and alternatives, so when problems arise there are often better solutions than when I was at school. Certainly, I don't witness the kind of outright physical abuse, racial intolerance, and gender bias that I experienced when I was in school. My kids and their friends are pretty quick to jump on any signs of racism, sexism, classism, ageism etc. So perhaps I should be even more hopeful.
Originally Posted by kathymuggle
I think MDC is a unique sort of place.
Most parents here practice alternative and/or attachment parenting. I tend to think that most parents on this forum (Learning at School) are overall happy with their childs school experience or they would change it. HS, another school, etc. In short, I think MDC parents are quite aware of options and many have the means to do something different if their school has bullying issues.
I am not sure that is the case in the real world and across socio-economic boundaries.
So while it is great that most people here have their kids in schools where the kids are nice - it does not really prove kids are getting nicer (although they may be!) it just proves parents on here have their kids in schools with nice kids.
And yet, I've seen behaviour at MDC that rivals any schoolyard. I don't want to resurrect the controversies from this past year, but if mamas here can act like that to each other, what do we really expect from our kids? And it's nothing compared to the piling on that happens at other message boards.
I really hope that younger generations are kinder, respectful, more tolerant, forgiving, yes, nicer than previous generations. If others are seeing it, that's wonderful and inspiring. I'll keep hoping.