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"Today’s kids aren’t interested." - Yup and if we accept that attitude then tomorrow they will be unemployed! (Plenty of stats via Dr Google about rising UK youth unemployment!)
This is an example of a fairly common problem: take some exceptional examples of group A (in this case 'children 30 years ago'), compare them to some notional and usually prejudiced idea of group B (in this case 'children of today'), and conclude that group A is clearly better than group B.
It really saddens me to see how common it is for people to dismiss their children's generation as lazy and stupid, but since it's been the norm for the whole of recorded history, I doubt that's something we can change.
Absolutely agree. As someone pointed out just because his kids 'arent interested' doesn't mean that given the choice they 'wouldn't be interested'.
I am in the A group and remember a friend getting an Atari VCS (2600) in 1980. We used to play space invaders for hours. 1 year later we both had sinclair zx81's and then spent as much time learning programming as playing games. If you put Pi's in kids hands with some guidance there's no reason why even today the same interest cannot develop.