It’s been a very long time since I’ve written a blog entry. I apologize if any of you have been waiting for one. I’ve been waiting too. Honestly, my job sucks the life out of me and leaves me with few creative thoughts. On the other hand, I enjoy working with teenagers each day I have huge concerns regarding the fate of our future.
Each generation brings its unique characteristics to school each day. This generation has never been without electronics and instant access to communication. They don’t know what it’s like to experience the peacefulness of being unplugged. To them the mere thought of being without their electronics causes angst. That, in and of itself, is a problem.
These kids grew up with play dates and car pools. They never had to hoof it to a friend’s house and probably never arrived unannounced and just walked in the door. Kids these days are on travel teams. What the heck are those? Why does everything have to be so competitive? Kids arrive in the 9th grade at my school already prepping for entrance into (fill in the name of any Ivy League school here). When I entered the 9th grade, I was too worried about forgetting my locker combination or wondering if anyone would notice my blue mascara to be concerned about college.
In the hallways of my school, kids walk with their heads down and eyes glued to the tiny screen in their hands where their fingers fly nimbly, creating masses of texts in which they spell nothing correctly or even care if it’s correct. Kids eschew reading because they have Netflix. And if I do express a greeting, there’s a good chance the kid won’t hear me because of the earbuds in his/her ears. Naturally all of these devices are forbidden to be used during school hours, but I won’t go there. Try telling a parent it isn’t necessary to text a student during class…Truly, what is that important?
So if I’m a little pessimistic about where our society is heading, give me a break. Do I avail myself of technology? Yes, I do. I am plugged in more than I would like to admit. And I made certain my new car had all of the bluetooth capability possible. However, I take time to write, to read and to sit down and speak with friends and family, face to face without things stuck in my ears because I value them and what they have to say. I do not let my “things” run my life (except during the school year when my job runs my life, but that’s different).
I’m fortunate to have a job that I really enjoy. I’ve worked at a job I despised. Thanks to my time at Home & City Savings Bank, I learned I didn’t want to be a drone in the business world, that I did indeed have a brain that was being wasted, and deserved to work somewhere where my higher education was valued.
That said, I have now subscribed to the “things were better back in the day” mentality and I’m not at all ashamed of it. So there….stick that in your pipe and smoke it but only if you can find a designated smoking area.