As sure as the sun is going to rise…

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food, and tyrannize their teachers.”

Kids these days, boy I’m tellin’ you.

Question. Does the general pattern hold that every generation bemoans the state of the next generation? That ruination and despair will fall upon the land when ‘these kids are in charge’?

I’m pretty sure the answer is yes. That’s the pattern. The fellow below is the source of the quote above. Socrates. Had it up to here. Kids these days. In 400 BC. Slays me.

Anybody else feel a little sorry for us when we don’t recognize that we’re among a generation that was most recently lamented? Now it’s our turn to lament.

My dad, a 40+ year teaching veteran once commented about kids, “When you don’t find junior high kids funny anymore, it’s time get out. They’re not going to change.”

It’s possible that it’s not the kids. It might be us. It was me.

I recognize this as a former principal. I found myself losing patience with pretty normal concerns. I’d just addressed them so many thousands of times already. It was NOT about the person with the concern. It was me. I needed a change. So I took a chance with a new gig. Helped a lot. New reservoir of patience. New things to ponder.

So as we wander through our careers, working with kids and parents, when we start to lament, maybe do a check. Is it actually the kids/parents…..or us?

I sure miss when kids used to stand when elders entered the room though.

Author: Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson Fife School District Assistant Superintendent:Teaching-Learning-Innovation 36 years as an educator. 16 years teacher 3 years assistant principal 12 years principal 5 years Assistant Superintendent BA, Washington State University MAEd, Washington State University Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining. Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years. jnelson@fifeschools.com twitter.com/jeffnelsonTLI

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