Futurity.org – Are teens just a bunch of selfish slackers?

April 19, 2010

Teens Are Not Slackers

I ran into this article and just had to pass it along.

It seems like this time of year is an especially cranky time for teachers.  I know that when I come home during the Spring, my stories dwell more and more on this entitled, lazy generation of teens.

But this article helped me to put things in perspective.  According to a Michigan State University study, today’s teens are about the same as teens from the mid-1970′s.  They are no more self-absorbed and they do not have a disproportionately high self-esteem.

Instead, today’s teens are worried about their place in the world.  How will they fit in?  The same concerns that all of us had when we were younger.

This article’s timing is perfect for me.  I was in danger of becoming the cranky old man that complains about how spoiled these kids are today.  But instead, I am now asking myself “How can I help?”

There is no question that the world has changed and it will be immensely challenging for this generation to succeed in our global economy.  But we are the ones that can help.  Even in the Springtime, when our patience is limited and our students seem even more challenging, we can prepare them for their future.

In fact, this is the perfect time to try developing some of their right-brain aptitudes.  Try out a six-word story to summarize your next video.  Use some pictures to draw out sections of your notes.  And maybe on an especially nice day, find a way to develop the aptitude of play.  Both for you students and yourself!

Futurity.org – Are teens just a bunch of selfish slackers?.

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