Sunday, January 16, 2011

Your Bad Azz Kids & Technology



So, I recently got invited to speak to a group of teens about technology and web development. Most people would feel honored to be invited. Actually, I hate working with teens or anyone under the age of 21. I know, I know… This sounds mean but let me explain.

Typically, I speak to large audiences of adults. Many of these adults are business owners looking to build their businesses by using the web and specially social media. Typically these sessions last 1-2 hours and generally most of my audiences get a lot of my presentations. I love helping these folks and they are generally well appreciative. However, when I speak with teens it is a bit different. Most of these bad azz teens have attention deficit and behavioral problems.
Passionate teachers are a part of the problem. Passionate teachers will generally put up with any nonsense to reach a child. Are you serious? Because these passionate teachers are willing to put up with any type of behavior and they are willing to work for peanuts, they are paid peanuts. I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard a teacher complain about their salary.

In my industry (technology) my comrades and I will leave any and every undesirable situation for greener pastures. I am an ex-Yahoo! employee. I have many colleagues who currently work for Yahoo!, Google, Facebook and other tech companies. Yahoo! made a huge effort to keep me happy with perks such as a flexible work from home schedule, free lattes at our espresso bar, free health club on Yahoo!’s campus and other perks. If I had to put up with some type of unruly behavior on the job, then I would do as Lebrun James did, I would “Take my skills to ____________”. You can fill in the blank.

I spoke to a group of teens at a local New York University recently. I was a few minutes away from kicking a few of these bad azz kids out of my class. What makes the situation worse is that these teens aspired to be teachers!?!?!? What?
Lack of discipline is the problem. They need to bring back paddling. Better yet, they need the concept of the “country wood shed”. Perhaps have a truant officer figure whose sole job was to whoop some azz when needed. When unruly behavior happens, they need to take these bad azz kids to a special room in the school, and whoop they azz! For real. For really bad azz kids they need to do a public beating in front of the entire school.

And what’s up with these little kids addressing adults by their 1st names? When I was a child, I addressed all of my parents friends by “Mr. Johnson” or “Mrs. Jones”. Many of my friends have kids who address adults by their 1st names. If you are a friend of mine and you are reading this and your kids fit this description then check your little bad azz kids and teach them how to show some respect! Seriously!

I must take this time to give props to my buddy Charles Sutton who has the greatest kids. Every time I visit his home, his kids refer to me as Mr. Hamilton and they are very respectful. I am sure that Charles was whooping some azz to get them that way.

In summary, one of the reasons that are schools are failing in technology education is that most tech professionals don’t want to deal with your bad azz kids. Therefore, we just avoid mentoring. To solve the problem there needs to be violence in the form of an azz kicking truant officer and the wide adoption of general respect. So, what do you think?

14 comments:

Connie (Sha Speaks) Williams said...

Bravo Eric. I thoroughly enjoyed your truths...lol...Its the truth these children today have no respect for authority, no respect for education, and no respect for themselves which is why The U.S. lags behind every other country where technology is concerned. They may not see the benefits of it now but later on in life they will...just hope its not too late. I appreciate this article and will be sharing it often...believe that.

crzycrzy said...

I don't doubt that your experience is what you said it was but there a various factors that influence the conduct of children today, one of those factors is the conduct of adults today. It's easy to take issue with something like being addressed by your first name as being disrespectful but I think that's an obvious issue to take up. Something like being addressed by your name was at one time a reflection of respect but that's not necessarily what's being conveyed to young people in today's climate. I personally don't think anyone is going to be able to teach another person, particularly a young person if they find you unrelateable and aren't interested in the subject matter. I can see where this could pose a problem but adults aren't very different. I could go on and on about this but I think perhaps exploring the dynamics of this issue from another angle might be helpful.

EHAM said...

Connie... Crzycryz...
Thanks for the comments...

CANSLEY said...

I strongly feel that kids today need more as you call it "azz" beatings to comprehend the power of authority at home. But maybe I feel this way because I grew up in a different time and age. Kids today have a new genetic code of ethics, parents and educators must understand these new codes and make the necessary adjustments.

robynwhite1854 said...

This is information about the parents that are raising these children. It is useless to place blame. This is a useful bit of information for the now and future we will all share...

EHAM said...

Cansley, Robyn...
Thanks for the comments...

Charlie said...

Eric - Outstanding blog article.

The azz whoopin's were mental. Acting up would get their toys placed in "jail". At a young age Batman or Barbie would be placed in a cat carrier with a combination lock. The mental picture of the favorite being toy locked up was the perfect solution to correct unacceptable behavior.

The biggest influence to my children was being a good example. Patrice and I made this our focus with the kids. Keeping them involved in activities and rewarding good behavior made the difference.

EHAM said...

Charles...
Thanks for the comment and tips on how to raise kids. I like the concept of jail for the toys. It obviously worked because every time I come to your house, your kids are great... For you other parents who try the "jail for toys" strategy and it happens not to work... then don't forget about the "wood shed" strategy... I'm just sayin...
Thanks

Frantz Louis said...

I would have to agree about the upcoming generation who some would consider our leaders of tomorrow.

I might say I use to be one of those class clowns who defied authority, even within a Catholic school setting. Without the help of life experiences which landed me behind bars as a teenager. This stark reality is what formed my integrity and character as a young adult.

Without having a (full-time) father figure in my household, I believe my maturity level would have never developed at the pace that it did. I was one of the fortunate ones whose parents did not give up on their belief that I could be someone and not just another statistic.

Thankfully, it was in the form of leather belts, punishments, and discipline which surmounted to a respectful man that can stand tall and represent a positive statistic in our community. Most importantly, a boy to a man they can proudly claim as their son.

bria said...

LOVE IT!!!! I don't know how anyone deals with teenagers. I even told my son's teacher (9th grade) that I think anyone dealing with teenagers is insane! Its especially sad that kids don't know to respect themselves.

Ecommerce website developer said...

A great blog on Bad Azz Kids & Technology.. Yes, I do agree with you that Passionate teachers are a part of the problem.. Thanks for sharing your opinions with us.

The Perils of Penelope said...

I appreciate your candor but it seems to me that bad azz kids still deserve an education and not to be given up on and dismissed. Perhaps meeting them half way and discovering a way to reach them? Im sure that there are generational issues and also cultural issues at play here. But these kids more than anyone need mentoring and investment or we will continue to leave a generation behind. Im sure you couldnfind more common ground than not.

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