As a 1980s kid, I’d love my childhood and had a mental teenage life with the Britpop period - anything was positively possible. Even teaching was better before 2010. After 2011, this happens... Sue Palmer, a former head teacher and literacy expert, has researched a whole range of problem areas, from poor diet, lack of exercise and sleep deprivation to a range of modern difficulties that are having a major effect: television, computer games, mobile phones. This combination of factors, added to the increasingly busy and stressed life of parents, means that we are developing a toxic generation. Maybe The Manics were more insightful with the term: Useless Generation...? Schools? Exam factories? Yes we are! Speak to the state for their next moves on this issue.