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Do today's educational institutions produce individuals with anti-social behavior or is it the society at large?

Education is supposed to improve a person's intelligence in a well rounded fashion, or that is at least my assumption. A specified skill(s) is very important, but too often has education seem to fail to teach people to be more social or collaborate with other people. These specialized minds only seem to be looking out for their own self-interests and will trample over anyone who doesn't meet eye to eye with them.

I, having previously lacked many social skills for an array of reasons, but I have become more aware of my behavior which I have changed much since then, can see that there is a collapse of etiquette and decency in people's social interactions in the younger demographics of people (around K-12 to early college)

The individuals with social and well rounded families have a higher chance of succeeding in this world, but what about most other families that have only known hard labor and hustling to provide for their children?

I think I see an issue, but am not entirely sure if my single perception has any credibility.

Is educational institutions providing future generations with the skills to sufficiently communicate and collaborate with people who they are close to and people outside of their comfort zones or is another leading factor to anti social behavior in the society at large?

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  • Nov 12 2012: What do we mean by anti-social behavior? Is it something proactive like saying or post something that is inappropriate or just hanging back and not engaging others? One benefit generally attributed to students who attend schools is that they get more socialization whereas home schooled children do not get as much. Have their been any studies done to test this?

    The computer world brought in "flaming" where anonymous posts allowed others to engage in anti-social behavior without being punished. There has been a substantial coarsening of society which is one expression of anti-social behavior. It just seems people are more willing to be confrontation than when I was a teenager in school, but we had problems with bullying where one student was constantly beat up.

    In the 1960's competition was placed ahead of cooporation, so times have changed, but I see no evidence that this emphasis on cooperation has yielded a generation of social children; indeed, the opposite seems to be the case where many children both in school and out of school exhibit anti-social behavior. Technology has raised bullying to an art form.

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