Millennials: Burden, blessing, or both?
My friends in high school listened to shitty rap music, and drank and did drugs. Looking back I don't know why I even spoke to them. I guess at my highschool it was either them or the liberal hippies. I'll admit I drank, and I still do on the weekends. But I never will touch drugs, which seem to be a huge problem with kids in my area.
As the Key West philosopher says,
We are the people our parents warned us about.
One of the earlier posts was of a picture young soldier, his father and governor Walker. Though I am not sure, I believe many of those who have been on front lines fit in to the discussion of millennials, gen x or y'ers.
Again it is a small sample, but I have worked with around a dozen young veterans who are now teachers who are amazing. They have such a heart to teach, are so open and authentic that their students can't get enough of them. Most teach junior high students, often a very difficult age level to work with and they have excellent outcomes. What I notice most is the level of discipline they have in their classes. It is not done with threats or punishment but with presence, genuine care, and the ability to relate to the students. These teachers are split between being men and women. They are quickly becoming leaders in their schools. Veteran teachers follow them and when they speak they are listened to. I think many will become the next set of educational leaders that we need.
I stand by my earlier statements that they are given a bad rap by many.
As Dave said, there are T...s in every generation.
Full disclosure, I am 62 and have been in education for 37 years.