People complain a lot about the bitter nature of contemporary politics. “It’s worse than it’s ever been.” Except that it’s not. People used to beat each other nearly to death in Congress.

Similarly, there are complaints about today’s youth. Whether it be education or behavior or whatever.

On the education front I say: are we graduating more or less people with college degrees of any kind than we were yesterday?

And on behavior, George Will notes that Shakespeare made the observation:

“Shakespeare’s shepherd in “The Winter’s Tale” did not need to see brain scans to wish that “there were no age between ten and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting.””

10 years old? Seems as if that’s not new.

-JD Cross