My exposure to young people gave me a biased, more positive outlook about them. Until retirement, I was privileged to be on the faculty of an engineering university that was very different than the typical liberal arts schools. The students were, for the most part, very highly motivated and disciplined. To survive academically, they had to be. Those that couldn't adjust to the work load and high demands would transfer out by the end of their second year. Those that stuck it out had job placement rates that were well up in the 90s of percent. During the 2008 recession, when liberal arts colleges has 15-20% job placements upon graduation, our institution had dropped to 96%. When the economy is booming, most students get 5 or 6 job offers.
So, I saw the young people who would be the producers and leaders in the future. They may not be able to survive in a forest, gut an elk (although some could if they learned from their families), make a rope from hemp or cook a squirrel, but I would trust them with my life when they designed a bridge, selected the proper alloy to make machinery, designed a drinking water treatment plant, developed a 7 nanometer high speed semiconductor chip, write an algorithm to assist a missile to shoot down an incoming missile, use geophysics to find oil or rare earth minerals, develop a mine, or design a wing for a hypersonic missile.
Some of these same students put their differential equations, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, physical chemistry books in their lockers and play football well enough to win their division II conference year after year. Same for the wrestling team and the mountain bike team.
These are the young people that give me hope.