Recently a letter writer took issue with the younger generation for acting as though it knows everything.
It is axiomatic that older generations criticize the following generations.
There is no fault to be found with the letter writer’s observation, but it was based on two young people. Not all of them. No one and no group likes to be reduced to a cliché in a few words.
We need to stop playing the great America blame game, and offer the courtesy of an attempt to understand.
Millennials and the latest generation are not ignorant; they have seen that we have been poor stewards of our planet and its population. To them, it is logical that those who have been here longest are the culprits due to ignorance, lassitude and a lack of concern.
In a Harper's Magazine article titled “Kids These Days,” Malcolm Harris perfectly summed up the issue:
“The idea that underlies contemporary schooling is that grades eventually turn into money or, if not money, then choice … or better life outcomes. But if it is every parent’s task to raise at least one successful American by America’s own standards, then the system is rigged so that most of them will fail. Coming of age today doesn’t necessarily mean you can feed yourself under 21st century capitalism.”
As education is now seen as a seriously risky investment — and a student’s development as a product yielding some return on that investment — one should understand why many millennials feel the way that they do.
Consider, my grumpy old peers, how we were influenced just by radio, television, rock and roll and our parents — and how we knew then that we knew everything.
It took some years for us to come to the conclusion that we didn’t. And that we still don’t.
Now consider the fact that today’s generations are bombarded by information and influence 24/7 on more subjects than we ever knew existed.
We teach each successive generation by either omission or purpose, however misguided.
We lead them and make them as they are.
And there is no manual for growing up.
Isn’t it better to try to understand — to offer an experienced helping hand— than to sit back and judge?
John "Doc" Fabiano,