Let's keep this thread going, as I did on Pro Teacher. I saw the 60 Minutes segment on this group two weeks ago and shook my head. While it is unfair to totally base a portrait of anything on one swish of a paint brush, there is a lot of truth behind the breakdown of this country caused by the people. Yes, we have always had our less educated, our more selfish, our defiant, our weird, our offbeat, etc. But this crew was brought up in an era when parents decided to be buddies instead of parents. Too many of these folks don't believe that consequences should be aimed their way, as witnessed by the cheating scandals that rocked many a school over the past two scores, yet received court fights prompted by many parents who didn't want their kids punished. Let's just make a list of what this group has become known for: 1) Birthday parties that mandated the appearance of zoo animals, clowns and other pros. Pin the Tail on the Donkey, a pinata or two and a big cake weren't enough; 2) Brand new cars as rewards for graduating high school. the only freakin' job most kids have until their college days. You are supposed to graduate high school; 3) Sweet 16 parties that bettered the next door neighbor's, and don't think neighborhood jealousies didn't play a part in the planning; 4) The blaming of everyone else for their failures, whether it be in school, at home or on the street; 5) The use of crutches like calculators and more for standardized tests; 6) The inability to compute numbers using your mind. Did you ever see that face Wile E. Coyote gets before the bomb blows up in his face? That's the look many milenials get when the calculator goes out and they're forced to make change in their heads; 7) The dumbing down of education and standards as a whole so we all can pass; 8) The thousands of millenials who bomb out of college or their first serious job, come home to live with their parents (which may make some sense in this economy), and contribute little or no money to the household. Many of these jerks wind up suing their parents on Judge Judy claiming the $4000 they borrowed from mom was really a present that they didn't have to repay. There are many talented folks from this and all generations, but this one was bred with some severely lacking characteristics, which threaten this country's future. I am 50 and blame much of this on my generation and that before it. Maybe, too, one must cite the media, which exploits the exploits of these people instead of people doing well. But we better change up soon or we'll all be saluting the Rising Sun instead of Old Glory.