teaching appropriate values to the young

From: Spike Jones (spike66@ibm.net)
Date: Sun Feb 20 2000 - 13:54:36 MST

Robert J. Bradbury wrote:

> Could even lead to some degree to the "privitization " of NASA (as the real
> clever folks exit stage left for the stock option arena).

Using a comment by Robert as a departure onto a new thread,
I wish to ask a question I and my friends have been pondering
for some time: How do we teach children born in the 90s values
appropriate to their times?

Background: my regular social group consists of 4 couples:
6 engineers, 1 computer scientist, 1 CPA. We all went to
college together. Two couples have one child, I have none,
4 kids total.

All the adults grew up in times where money was not plentiful.
Now, money *is* plentiful, at least for those who invested
aggressively (I didnt {8-[ dammit.). We were all taught to
work hard, save money in the bank, buy the biggest house
you can possibly afford because inflation will come along and
make you a hero, etc. These advises turned out to be...
well, you decide. Inappropriate for our times.

My grandfather told me the two very most important skills for
any young man to have are: auto mechanics and self defense.
OK. One has been marginally useful, mostly as a hobby,
the other totally useless. Grandpa never saw a computer,
so I would not expect him to understand the usefulness of
learning to use one, however:

How can we avoid passing on similarly inappropriate values
to the next generation?

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