Well, I may be the only person who can address this "college kid" thing being as I am one of the only people on here that is a full time student (Northwest Missouri State (Go Cats!)): A huge problem my generation has is the parenting sucked. I am not going to sit here and type away angrily at my parents (mostly because my parents did a fantastic job of raising me) but I think that it is important to point out that parenting has gone downhill. The majority of people I know have two sets of parents. That is two different couples of influence, daddy issues, mommy issues..... Plain and simple the victim of divorce is not the marraige but the kids. I am fortunate because my family is close knit and my parents have gotten through hard times and still go to bed together at night. Kids whose parents split are shown how to give up, like many Americans are doing today.
All that said, the biggest issue for college kids today? Simple. OBAMA WANTS TO KEEP PELL GRANTS. A few of my conservative friends are even saying they want to vote for Obama because he is going to help them now (but then go ahead and saw when they are older they will vote conservative because it will help them then).
Older folks may think that college students brain are mush mush but in truth in reality it is discouraged to not be swayed or be politically correct in all facets of life now. It is so frustrating to sit in a class where there is so much bias being thrown at students while the same professor sits on a high horse of tolerance and correctness. If a student disagrees with the professor, the student failed. This bias is obvious in the class i am in right now. The more liberal friend that I studied with got 15% better than I, and this class is the first he has ever beaten me. If my brain does not mush into the mold that has become what is politically correct I will be caste out of academia.
All of this and all I want to be is a high school Social Studies Teacher
Gerry, I agree with some of what you said about voting; it is ridiculous to think that an 18yo could make the wise choice in politics and a mistake with alchohol. Our country needs to completely overhaul the way in which we regulate alchohol consumption. The way I figure it, the best way to avoid binge drinking is to normalize drinking! I see it every weekend here in Maryville (one of the largest DII party schools and I am also a Resident Assistant), freshman going out, getting messed up and end up in the hospital because it is the first time they have ever drank hard.
If we dropped the drinking age to 19 and raised the penalty for drunk driving, I think that we as a nation would be skirting a large issue that has plagued the youth for a generation . IT SHOULD NOT BE 18. Too many kids would be drinking in high school too easily; if underage drinking is going to happen, at least make it hard to get it.
Make the penalty for drunk driving hard enough to stop it. First offense? Automatic 30 days in jail and hefty fine? Maybe more harsh? I do not understand why our nation holds underage drinking in a worse light than drunk driving.
Another thing I do not think has been addressed here: Marijuana. I personnaly do not smoke but I know many people who do and are passionate about it.They actually function well in society as well (surprise surprise?). Honestly, I see it as a potential gateway drug (my aunt is a 55yo methead who got started on marijuana) but also as something that is going to happen regardless of the 5 0. If it were legalized, petty crimes that destroy many kids' lives would be erased. Instead of jail, users could go to rehab. The tax burden that our nation has from jails would be lessened and the taxes gained from the sales would be incredible. It definately would not hurt.
What do you all think? Franco, I know RP held some interesting views about some of this stuff.....