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NFT: Terrific story: entire LI high school adopts autistic boy.

manh george : 4/15/2017 7:50 pm
This has been around a little while, apparently, but I just saw it last night. It's about how virtually the entire student body at MacArthur High School in Levittown befriended and almost literally adopted a deeply autistic boy named Brendon. It's about how they changed his life and he changed theirs.

Any criticism of modern teenagers as being increasingly self-involved and glued to their phones also has to account for this story, which is pretty remarkable, imo.
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djm : 4/15/2017 7:57 pm : link
But I think teenagers of today are much smarter and sensitive than my generation. Not that there wasn't great kids back in the day but today's kids are much more sensitive to other people's needs. At times they can be sensitive to a fault with the whole pussification thing but I think it's a good thing. It's about time we softened up a bit.
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robbieballs2003 : 4/15/2017 8:23 pm : link
In comment 13429856 djm said:
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But I think teenagers of today are much smarter and sensitive than my generation. Not that there wasn't great kids back in the day but today's kids are much more sensitive to other people's needs. At times they can be sensitive to a fault with the whole pussification thing but I think it's a good thing. It's about time we softened up a bit.


Agreed. As a teacher I definitely agree with this. On the same hand, there are always positives and negatives to everything. Because kids are exposed to a lot of anti-bullying information in schools I think kids have gotten weaker in terms of their mental-toughness. I see this in school and on the field as well. That is why people say the pussification of America and the whole participation trophy generation. I think there has to be a balance. We always go to extremes. My father always tells me how he was beat. Parents seemed to always discipline their kids with violence. Now, parents seem to always think their child is perfect amd can never do anything wrong. That just enables them to keep getting away with whatever they are doing. Imo, there has to be a balance. But, yes, kids are way more accepting of others than when I was younger.
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