Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Apathy in schoolkids

Just got through talking with a friend. He has a 13 year old and we both agreed that there is some apathy in the way middle school kids are approaching the world. I suggested it is at least a little cultural.

Earlier today, one of the 13 year old kids in my class asked, "How old are you?" When I said 36, she said "That's how old my mom is." I am in the parents generation. Are we the reason so many kids are apathetic? Have we (generation x) taught them this approach?

And is there something larger that the kids are tapping into? A general "blah", that comes from expecting the government to give us whatever we want, and comes from being so distant from the land, and comes from the ability to manifest our lives virtually yet without any physical effort.

Welcome to the 21st century.

4 comments:

Sean said...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/paulmason/2011/02/twenty_reasons_why_its_kicking.html

Sean said...

This link (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/paulmason/2011/02/twenty_reasons_why_its_kicking.html) has been giving me lots of mileage. I like to think in terms of broad general trends that require perspective to see.

Sean said...

Maria Montessori suggests it's also largely about the limited environment we present these kids with, expecting them to get the most out of it. I think the social realm of middle school is where kids put most of their energy because that's where they can. I'm still reading her book, though.

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