Half of British children can’t tie their shoes; many can’t tell time

I’m guessing that when these kids are older they won’t be able to change a flat tire, check the oil in a car, fix a leaky pipe or even stop a toilet from overflowing.

Basic life skills are a thing of the past for today’s generation.

From Daily Mail: As life skills go, it’s not the hardest one to learn, but a survey has revealed that nearly half of British children can’t tie their shoelaces.

A poll of 1,500 parents with children under the age of ten found that a staggering 45 per cent knot their laces, with many relying on shoes with Velcro straps.

And the research by footwear firm Wynsors World of Shoes found that of the 55 per cent of children who could tie their own laces, more than third ‘can’t be bothered’, instead simply tucking the laces into their shoes.

The study also found that 42 per cent of children under the age of ten can’t tell the time, 25 per cent can’t use a knife and fork confidently and 44 per cent have no idea how to read a map.

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marble
marble
2 years ago

Be calm. Let the children use their remotes and watch BBC programming. Keep them company, you watch too, and try not to trip over your shoe laces when walking to the fridge.

Lophatt
Lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  marble

So THAT’S why they invented Velcro? Too dumb to tie one’s shoes? Well, I’ve always said they want their cattle docile, not smart.

kjf
kjf
2 years ago

I read this link yesterday, seems to shed some light on this article. Some ppl wont agree with the comments in the link but it is an opinion if why ppl are getting dumber.

https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-mickeysclubhouse/book_review_why_is_intelligence_declining/

km
km
2 years ago

Really sad. Parents just aren’t parenting anymore. That coupled with common core, low iq invaders, and toxic food, the AGENDA is working perfectly. The elites just love a dumb and helpless populace.. Gen Y and Z are in big trouble…

Lophatt
Lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  km

I had read that the most common male name in the UK is Mohamed. This may explain some of it. Any of the European countries that signed on to the EU sealed their fate.

Patrick Cornell
Patrick Cornell
2 years ago
Reply to  Lophatt

That explains it entirely, it is the Anglo, Welsh, Cornish or Scottish kids being described as dumb dumbs, it’s the offspring of the occupiers. I wonder who is going to go over there and liberate the British when they completely lose control of the island? I give them between 2 to 3 decades before civil war begins!

Dave
Editor
2 years ago

You aren’t going to have to wait two or three decades.

Maybe only one.

Maybe.

Dr. Eowyn
Admin
2 years ago

We’ve said it so many times: Britain is toast.

Charles H Slate
Charles H Slate
2 years ago

There has been a number of times when I have been stunned to find that the adult with whom I have to work has no idea of how to do something that I learned so long ago that I have forgotten when I learned it … like reading a yardstick.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

When kids have an “app” for it, they don’t care to learn how.

Lophatt
Lophatt
2 years ago

I used to train young engineers and I’d tell them that when I was in college calculators were too expensive for a poor student like myself and I used a slide rule and logarithmic tables. They had no idea what I was talking about.

Now, the average person behind a cash register can’t make change. If you try to help them it confuses them. If there was a giant power surge tomorrow and all their batteries died, they’d be totally lost.

Steven Broiles
2 years ago

I would be all in favor of letting England rot, however, whatever happens over there has a nasty habit of coming over here, ten or less years down the line.
Learned helplessness often comes not from the intellect but from the WILL.

Patrick Cornell
Patrick Cornell
2 years ago
Reply to  Steven Broiles

Right, should Europe fall let there be no doubt that the Anglosphere won’t be far behind!

Lana
Lana
2 years ago
Reply to  Steven Broiles

I think we at times are all cynical about what Europe and Britain have brought upon themselves, but in truth I cannot share any sentiment that says let Britain rot. Being half British/Scots I consider myself related to them and seeing their demise and ultimate desintigration from the face of the Earth means the extinction of what remains of my own roots. When one thinks on the contributions of the English culture minus of course the horrid deeds wrought by the cryptocracy that has ruled England for the last 500 or so years, I find it tragic and terribly sad.… Read more »

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
2 years ago

Ted Turner only wears slip on shoes. Tying takes to much of his time.
I’d like to see they try to DIAL A PHONE. Ha-Ha-Ha.
Hell I remember when I had to walk 8 feet through purple shag carpeting to change the channel. And we only had 1 TV (B&W) and 1 phone.
It won’t matter. If they do make it to adulthood they are doomed to a life of being enslaved by the government and at this rate it will be an islamic government.

Tim Shey
2 years ago

This is from William Shakespeare’s RICHARD II, Act 2, Scene 1: JOHN OF GAUNT “Methinks I am a prophet new inspired And thus expiring do foretell of him: His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last, For violent fires soon burn out themselves; 35Small showers last long, but sudden storms are short; He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes; With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder: Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, Consuming means, soon preys upon itself. 40This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress… Read more »

Jackie Puppet
2 years ago

It’s not much better in America…

gingersmom2009
gingersmom2009
2 years ago
Reply to  Jackie Puppet

You are correct. I taught public school music for 25 years — you would be amazed at the number of kids (middle school) who cannot tell time on an analog clock. Also, cursive handwriting is no longer taught, so everything that isn’t typewritten looks like chicken scratch. And what is typewritten is full of spelling and grammatical errors.

Glenn47
Glenn47
2 years ago

And just another reason of why England is losing position in the world. After what we have seen coming out of there these last few years, no one should be surprised.

Seumas
Seumas
2 years ago

Think… what happens when the majority of the citizenry cannot “do” or “make”, but have to “look up how”, and don’t actively think, or know how to do various tasks? I suspect this “stupidification”, if you will, of society comes down to control, if a person has no idea how to fix their car themselves, they’ll do what they can to find someone capable of doing so, and likely for whatever sum of money is requested for the task, with few seeking to try to do it themselves or learning how to, especially when the engines are locked down, and… Read more »

Charles H Slate
Charles H Slate
2 years ago
Reply to  Seumas

That sounds like a script out of one of the Kharzarian Mafia’s standard playbooks. You know, the one that has been in active use since about August 1914 …