I think if you give young people high hopes and then pull the rug out from under them, you will get backlash. You may get Smiley Face bombers, attacking the system (which they consider is a fraud upon them).
Kids in denial go to Starbucks. They wear Ralph Lauren polo.com. But, someday, they will not be able to anesthesize themselves - when allowances turn to crap and when colleges tuition goes out of site. College costs too damn much. I think must would benefit more by working and investing the money (but they don't know how!).