No other generation of record matches the children now arriving on the Earth plane. Noted historians, William Strauss and Neil Howe, authors of Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069 (William Morrow, New York City, 1991), put this into perspective for those of us in the US by identifying the children born between 1982 and around 2003 as the nation’s fourteenth or “millennial generation” – the most wanted, nurtured, and educated group of individuals we’ve ever produced, and the most protected by law.
Unusually smart and assertive, these youngsters are as creative and intuitive as they are computer literate.
Not confined to the US, this emergence of new kids is truly global, as this observation from Mexican pediatrician, Ibarra Chavez, attests: “The new crop of infants are coming in more aware... eyes focused and alert, necks strong, lying in bassinets no bigger than chickens, and with a knowing-ness I cannot describe [in Spanish or English]. They are very special babies, this new crop.”
Sharon Begley, author of the Newsweek magazine article entitled “The IQ Puzzle” (May 6, 1996), describes the situation this way: “IQ scores throughout the developed world have soared dramatically since the tests were introduced in the early years of this [the 20th] century... The rise is so sharp that it implies that the average school child today is as bright as the near-geniuses of yesteryear.”
The gene pool cannot change fast enough to account for this leap, so we can’t claim genetics as ...