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  • Cyberculture is turning young people into know-nothings, says Mark Bauerlein, author of "The Dumbest Generation." (Associated Press)

    Are children today the can't-do generation?

    Second-graders who can't tie shoes or zip jackets. Four-year-olds in potty-training diapers. Five-year-olds in strollers. Teens and preteens befuddled by can openers and ice-cube trays. College students who've never done laundry, taken a bus alone or addressed an envelope.

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  • "It's so all laid out for them," said Mrs. Maushart, author of the forthcoming book "The Winter of Our Disconnect," about her efforts to wean her family from its dependence on technology. "Having so much comfort and ease is what has led to this situation — the Velcro sneakers, the Pull-Ups generation. You can pee in your pants and we'll take care of it for you."

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