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Six Declines of Modern Youth
- Kurt Hahn

James Neill
Last updated:
30 Aug 2004


  1. Decline of Fitness due to modern methods of locomotion [moving about];

  2. Decline of Initiative and Enterprise due to the widespread disease of spectatoritis;

  3. Decline of Memory and Imagination due to the confused restlessness of modern life;

  4. Decline of Skill and Care due to the weakened tradition of craftsmanship;

  5. Decline of Self-discipline due to the ever-present availability of stimulants and tranquilizers;

And worst of all:

  1. Decline of Compassion due to the unseemly haste with which modern life is conducted or as William Temple called “spiritual death”.