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A Socialist America
Every generation of parents, have their own distinct way of dealing with trends. Trends that are molded by major historic impacts made to the American society. Some impacts done by politics, science, and marketing. This countries need for exponential economic growth has an effect on people as early as age three. Our current generation, (generation Z,) is taking a different approach from our previous generations, (pre 1993.) as this young generation seeks a more “grass root” way of living, yet living in a technology advanced society we see a new trend eroding from Generation Z.
‘ The Baby Boomer Generation (born around 1946 to about 1964) struggled with the “right way” of child discipline, one major impact due to that was World War 2. When all military personal returned home from overseas 1946-1964 had 79 million recorded births and in the 1930s to 1940s recorded 2.8 million Newborns. With 79 million newborns families across America were strong and resilient people had pride for their country, in other words, Hammond says we are robbing our young people of the same opportunity to develop strong character by failing to provide great challenges. “We think stress free living is utopia,” he says. “But challenge is often the way to greatness.” Hammond suggests that our society lacks the rite of passage rituals that remain strong in other cultures, while our only real markers of adulthood are voting, drinking and getting a driver’s license.
Generation X (born around late 1960’s to about 1982). Generation X may have become so overly involved in their children’s lives the term “helicopter parenting” started because parents were very protective about the children’s safety. According to some accounts, Robert Capa, a photographer for Magnum, was the first person to use the phrase “Generation X,” using it to describe people growing up after World War II. He used it as the title of a photo essay that was published in 1953. Roughly a decade later, in a study of British teenagers for Women’s Own magazine, writer Jane Deverson came across a group of young people who were living outside of acceptable conservative mores by sleeping around, rejecting religion and disobeying their parents. When the magazine decided not to use the study, she co-authored a book with Charles Hamblett called Generation X, which was published in 1965. Could the sleeping around, rejection of religion be an outcome of the “helicopter parenting” the fact WW2 had given strength to our country but overtime the new Generation despised the idea of a leader they wanted to be free you could even call them hippies.
Generation Y (1983-2000) Parents stress the importance to make their children feel special. Food Safety and “environment” Generation Y have a “parenting style” that are conscious about how they a perceived by their peers. (Lucinda Schmidt, Peter Hawkins July 15, 2008) (Posted on 29 January 2013 by Birth of a Mom)
Trends for some time now have taken course due to major historic impacts to American Society. Regarding Wars (WWII, Afghanistan,) Environmental bruises (Nuclear Reactors, Green House Gases) and marketing standards. American generations have only changed due to Americas country’s needs for exponential growth and an overpowering rule from our political leaders. Wanting to create the first three years of life to be fine-tuned in what our government finds of utmost importance. All our generations have had some distinct key features that played out parenting practices for the important development of our first three years. Looking back into some generations acknowledging their historic impacts like ground breaking inventions for the military use and civilian use. seeing where those impacts have brought us and why Generation Z is ushering in a Socialist standard for the next generation to come.
Why Generation Z is called Generation Z? Unfortunately, it can mean the Generation born after the Millennial Generation (generation Y) but Generation Z is yet too young and have not set a certain tone for themselves so for now they are the ‘Z’. With the past trends of parenting, what will our overall generation Z come to be and how will their trend spread to the next generation? It’s already starting to take shape ‘Generation Z’ supposedly starting early 1991 to 2001 with Generations Z’s view about electronics, a very tech savvy group of young students, never having to painstakingly filter words out of a dictionary. Generation Z has been quick to find information and answers. Gen Z is also very conscious about the world they live in, creating a sense of social justice, philanthropy, and even maturity. Physical conversations are exponentially decreasing and (sms) texting is taking place quickly with 38 percent to 54 percent increase in over 18 months of teenager’s texting. With more texting Gen Z is starting to be more direct, finding answers faster, and broadening their range of topics to talk about.
Will Generation Z become the socialist leaders of tomorrow with all our research directing towards a richer America a stronger America it sure is a defiant question to ask? Generation Z could be similar to as Colonial Americans. Both share a very diverse community in trades, religion, blood line, and most importantly how both Colonial and Generation Z have a grass root way of living with the knowledge of both wars in Colonial and during Gen Z the two Generations are well aware of what blood shed can cause and the detrimental effects to society’s. Further takes me to say Generation Z has a “teamwork” ethic. Yet with technology the ‘Ballpark changes’.
“In April of 1997, Hillary Clinton was the host of a daylong conference at the White House entitled “What New Research on the Brain tells Us About Our Youngest Children.” In her opening remarks, which were beamed live by satellite to nearly a hundred hospitals, universities, and schools, in thirty-seven states, Mrs. Clinton said, “Fifteen years ago, we thought that a baby’s brain structure was virtually complete at birth.” She went on: (Malcolm Gladwell, Baby Steps)
Now we understand that it is a work in progress, and that everything we do with a child has some kind of potential physical influence on that rapidly forming brain. A child’s earliest experiences–their relationships with parents and caregivers, the sights and sounds and smells and feelings they encounter, the challenges they meet–determine how their brains are wired. . . . These experiences can determine whether children will grow up to be peaceful or violent citizens, focused or undisciplined workers, attentive or detached parents themselves. At the afternoon session of the conference, the keynote speech was given by the director turned children’s advocate Rob Reiner. His goal, Reiner told the assembled, was to get the public to “look through the prism” of the first three years of life “in terms of problem solving at every level of society”:
Hillary Clintons support to attack this three-year development could not only be for the health in an individual. Could it be for the Wealth of America? Political point of view she could be doing it for the wealth and investment in America. Could it be a socialist standard for Generation Z if Americas view is to only want power and economic growth by engineering the parental standards? We also cannot wave Mr. Rob Reiner and the ideas implemented in this conference taken place in 1997 to “look through the prism” of the first three years of life “in terms of problem solving at every level of society” Reiner was saying with a perfect three year start our society in recent years to come may see a non-problematic society.
What would a non-problematic American Society look like? Maybe a socialist society? Take Romania for instance, restrictions of human rights included invasion of privacy by the political police. “The message of the conference was at once hopeful and a little alarming. On the one hand, it suggested that the right kind of parenting during those first three years could have a lasting effect on a child’s life; on the other hand, it implied that if we missed this opportunity the resulting damage might well be permanent. Today, there is a zero-to-three movement, made up of advocacy groups and policymakers like Hillary Clinton, which uses the promise and the threat of this new brain science to push for better pediatric care, early childhood education, and day care. Reiner has started something called the I Am Your Child Foundation, devoted to this cause, and has enlisted the support of, among others, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Charlton Heston, and Rosie O’Donnell”
Humans have become aware of the pros and cons in parenting. Now that we are able to have political powers share PowerPoint’s on the significance of brain development and to have funds supported by our great celebrity icons what outcomes can be foreseeable? Hillary Clinton and Rob Reiner clearly stated the decrease of violence in America. To say Generation Z a non-violent society would be too soon to call but for the next generation to come now that is a possibility. Generation Z has absorbed files of information they do know what is right and what is wrong on so many levels. But our past generations have implemented themselves into us in a way and our first three years are already have given the individual a great supplement of information. Only to say Generation Z will be some of the first parenting methods entailing major socialist trends, some trends implemented in Generations Z’s life will be under surveillance creating a “eyes over the shoulder” feel. With surveillance and big corporations like creating a workforce that is very economical their only times when Generation Z will have their children will the socialist standard take place?
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