I'm 15. I'd like to think I'm quite intelligent and well raised. However, I look at my friends and other youths my age and compare myself and pray I am nothing like them. Fashion, music sense and intellectuality seems to have down graded so much from our older generations. I look at pictures of my mum and dad when they were my age, maybe a bit older and they look so classy, whereas now-a-days you see 15, 16 year olds half dressed, where's the self respect?
Even things like music taste, if we go back 30, 40 years, music made sense and had a meaning behind the artists lyrics. My parents actually had a reason to idolise these characters. Yet now, we are idolising slutty pop stars who's songs mean nothing, yet we look up to them because they get naked for front page news.
I also personally feel as though exams are getting easier so that more youths can pass, making it easier for these dim-wits to get a job. Making it harder for people who actually try to achieve to make a living.
Some teens, yes, do dress inappropriately or talk inappropriately. Although, you have to remember, they had to have seen this somewhere, whether it was they're parents let them watch mature show, or movies or they learned cuss words from songs or from their parents. But not all teens are like this, there are plenty of teens who make straight A's, don't cuss, and wear appropriate clothing. If parents are embarrassed by the way their children are dressing, speaking or acting they should do something about it. About the music, just because the music is different doesn't mean it is not as meaningful. Artists have to adapt to what the new generations want, not all pop stars are slutty or attention whores. Some of them make quality music that teens an adults alike can enjoy. As for the exams, I assume you are referring to the ACT and SAT? Well, even if the exams are easier, that does not mean that is easier to get into college. Why would exams getting easier only benefit "dimwits?" Would it not make it easier for the smart people too?