. Children are not neccesarily different. The things I felt, feared, enjoyed at age 11 are still, pretty well, the same. The difference is that I had limits. I didn't go about trumpeting my "rights" and people didn't give a flip about my self-esteem if it meant seeking my own level and doing what I wanted all the time.
I guess I qualify as an "old timer." I believe they we ALL ought to be more respecful of one another, that we ALL need to follow the rules and/or guidelines and that when we don't there ARE consequences. Now whether that means a swat with a paddle or a week of no telephone or grounding until age 35...that is not up to me, as a teacher. That should come from somewhere else. Parents ARE the first teachers, whether they want to acknowledge that or not. So many don't seem to have the time or the inclination. As others have said, it then falls (like it or not and I DON'T like it) to others in "authority" to deal with the situation.