What's wrong with today's children?
Is it the influence of rap music?
Is it Reality Television and R-Rated Movies?
Is it the poor quality of schools?
Is it one parent households?
If all the self-aware songs from the Sixties didn't solve all the world's problems, Rap cannot cause all the world's problems.
If children were doing their homework and participating in activities which would improve their lives, they wouldn't have time to watch many movies or many television shows.
If parents were to review, expand upon and correct their children's homework, it wouldn't matter what schools taught.
If families worked together to ensure the success of all, it wouldn't matter whether a family had one parent or two guiding it's children.
In all honesty, all kids have always had a poor work ethic.
The only difference is that, today, most parents have poor work ethics too.
Understanding the value of work has to be taught - it is not inherent.
But today's parents are too busy to teach their children.
Today's parents think that they are saving time when they do the work their kids have yet to learn instead of taking the time and effort required to pass skills and knowledge from one generation to the next.
Teaching children takes W.O.R.K..
So the problem isn't that today's children are more lazy than in past generations (Kids have been born lazy since Adam had his first son.) - the problem is that parents are just too lazy (or selfish) to sacrifice and work to teach their children that which is beneficial.