Generation snowflake

Sean Plunket has slammed the “snowflake” generation and accused them of self entitlement.  This from Newshub: Quote.

RadioLIVE’s Sean Plunket has criticised New Zealand’s “cotton wool” youth culture, likening them to “snowflakes” with a “sense of self-entitlement”.

I do wonder if our current generation of young people have any resilience left in them at all, given the way they are being wrapped in cotton wool, and their egregious sense of self-entitlement,” he said during a Friday morning segment.

The term snowflake refers to children raised in ways that give them an inflated sense of their own uniqueness. It’s used to characterise today’s youth and young adults as being more prone to taking offense and less resilient than previous generations.

Plunket’s comments came after Auckland’s Silverdale Primary School said in an October newsletter it would cancel its end-of-year prizegiving ceremony, over concerns of ranking students against each other.

He also slammed a group of year-13 history students who created an online petition criticising NZQA for including the word ‘trivial’ in an exam, because they didn’t understand what it meant. The petition says the inclusion of the word caused confusion among students.  End of quote.

Year 13 students are roughly 18 years old.  If you get to 18 and you don’t know what the word trivial means, that is shameful.  However, instead of slinking off quietly to a corner with a copy of the Oxford dictionary, duly chastened, they set up a petition to bleat about the unfairness of it all; letting the whole world know in the process that their comprehension of basic English is appalling. Rather than demanding better, NZQA goes soft on the students and the petition!  Quote.

The NZQA spokesperson said students will not be penalised for misinterpreting the meaning of the word. The change.org petition page says it was created simply to “recognise the hard work and efforts put in by many across the country.”  End of quote.

Yep, snowflakes.  Instead of toasting them about their pathetic English comprehension, they get ‘recognised’ for showing up to an exam.  I’m shaking my head.

Plunket continues  Quote.

[…] “Life, I hate to say it, is short and brutal, and it is competitive in every way”. […]

[…] “If you are going to bring New Zealand kids up wrapped in cotton wool, telling them that everyone’s the same, and either you’ll get a prize for taking part or no one gets a prize because that would make some people feel bad, you are part of the problems that this country faces.  End of quote.

With the remembrance services of Armistice day fresh in my mind, and the images of 18,277 crosses in the fields at the Auckland war memorial, I can’t help but wonder how our current generation of snowflakes would cope if they had to face the same harsh realities that our grandparents did.

They would melt in seconds.

 


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