Based on my experiences of young people as a teacher and also my own children, one of whom is now a young teenager, I think it is adults who need educating, not children. The vast majority (and I am talking 99%+) are kind, considerate, respectful and polite. But the amount of abuse young people get from adults, both in the press and face to face is just incredible. My son has been screamed at for not using the cycle lane (the cycle lane was icy and is really bumpy), for having the audacity to play on the street with his mates and when he fell off his bike on the ice one day, three drivers drove around him and carried on.
The problem is definitely with adults and society generally. No one cares for each other any more. It is so sad. Thanks Thatcher - what was it you said - no thing as society. Everyone for themselves. Well you have your wish and it is grim.