Today, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bring a troubling trend to our attention: manners are dead. Modern society has made it so hard for kids to have proper manners, that parents are outsourcing basic social skills, like shaking hands and eye contact, to a company called SocialSklz:-) (emoticon included), while even the American South is no longer breeding a proud line of gentlechildren. Documentation of our mannerless nation came in two separate reports from The Wall Street Journal's Sophia Hollander and Melanie Grayce West and The New York Times's Kim Severson. Where have manners gone? The two newspapers have plenty of reasons for why the youth need a special class that describes itself as teaching "the basics of face-to-face interaction and good body language."
Bad Parenting Of course this all leads back to lazy parents. "To parents and supporters, the classes are a handy way for busy, often affluent parents to instill important values in their children's lives," write Hollander and West. Two working parents just can't teach kids how to behave properly, ballroom dance teacher Dorothy McLeod told Severson. Mrs. McLeod attributes the slide of civility on the stress of families with two working parents and children who have not been held accountable for their actions," writes Severson. But it's not just that parents are too busy to instill values into their children, they, too -- perhaps from spending too much time with technology -- don't feel equipped to teach proper manners. "Some said they enrolled their children because they felt unable to provide the lessons themselves."