UK potter Simon Leach is active in the US and holds workshops there, in addition to making great videos. Here is his view on how kids and everyone these days are losing skills (because of spending too much time on their iPhones and whatnot) rather than using their hands.
Interesting that he notes that youngsters cannot hold a pair of scissors, or even a pen, right. Even young surgeons cannot make the required stitches...?
I have noticed the same with young Japanese people when it comes to penmanship. And he says, "instructors are not allowed to criticize their students."
My pottery teacher here in Japan has mentioned similar trends, but not that severely.
As Simon says, if we are learning a craft, constructive criticism must be a part of the process...