According to a recent study in the United Kingdom, 20% of adults did not know how to change a lightbulb or boil an egg. In addition, one-third of the 2,004 surveyed could not prepare a meal without a recipe. 59% didn’t know how to get stains out of clothes. I have no doubt that people in the US are much the same but I can’t help wondering, weren’t these adults raised by parents who were adults? Wouldn’t they have taught their children how to change a lightbulb or cook a meal? When did parents stop teaching children basic household competence?
The survey results are rather surprising:
For those of you who attended UVA or Washington and Lee, it takes three people at those schools to change a lightbulb, one to actually change the bulb, one to mix the bourbon and branch, and one to reminisce about how wonderful the old lightbulb was.
I admit that I can’t boil an egg to save my life.
I can fry one, and I’ll cook nearly everything else, but I don’t know the first thing about boiling.
When one has chose not to do or learn to do for themselves this will create a capital market for businesses to conduct commerce within these task , good.
To bad our Representatives are behind in the learning curve of collecting revenue or even in protecting these businesses able ing them to prosper off of one laziness.
Does anyone get how scary this is?
In some states, we don’t teach cursive anymore, and now this. Why are we dumbing down the next generation?!
My kids went to school in Fairfax County in 1990’s and 2000’s. They did not learn to read or write cursive. They can’t even read census records since they were written in cursive. We are dumbing down generation after generation.
This generation is not dumb at all, they are different. Kind of like we were different than our previous generations.
They learn different, they know different, they need to know different. They can do things and think on a different dynamic than we did/do. That doesn’t make them dumb, at all.
What is the gain from writing in cursive really? Just bc you did it? Neither for good or bad but hardly anyone writes at all. Hell, hardly any keyboarding at this point, it’s dictated. Should they be required to work an abacus like you did while a better more efficient tool is available?
Not only can I write in cursive, but I’m a good typist and I have an abacus. But I’m very slow with the abacus.
its a useful tool but kind of annoying.
had that with simple English.
had to teach somebody my age to read, and I love her to bits but I can only shake my head at a school system that couldn’t get my best friend to read and write in eleven years.
I had her reading Tolkien after one summer of hard work and I’m not a qualified teacher.
The Hobbit is an easy read, but The Lord of the Rings is not.
we’re doing The Hobbit.
haven’t got the patience to read The Lord of the Rings out loud. 1000 pages and my throat starts hurting after 3-4.
I made Cait read with me every day for three months.
nearly drove the pair of us insane but we got it done.
This explains why so many people are in metaphorical darkness. They cannot even get out of real darkness.
Hahaha, good point!
Is it the desire to have others do simple task for them though?
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