It’s easy to complain about “kids today.” That’s been the beginning of many a tirade over the centuries. I can imagine the conversation after Jesus stayed back at the temple and Mary and Joseph realized he was gone.
But here’s the deal.
Teenagers today DO. More often than not they give of their time to help others, they encourage others, they want to be more and do more and see more. They are so freaking smart! It sucks big time that they’ve been brought up in this age of standardized testing where they’ve been encouraged to do less and think less by our government, but even though they’ve been conditioned to bubble, they still THINK BIG.
They understand collaboration, and they can multi-task like nobody’s business…not as good as they think but a heck of a lot better than me.
And they do all this in a world where distractions are a constant.
I saw all this at the publication camps I’ve been to with my students this summer. In Dallas my yearbook editors came up with an amazing theme and worked together to bring the idea to life. They did all this while keeping up with the World Cup soccer coverage.
Then we went to the second camp last week with newspaper, photographers and other staff and HOLY COW. They scrapped their original idea even though it meant so much more work and created a whole new concept.
I’m so excited to work with this amazing group of kids. I’m excited to see what they do next in life too.
It’s easy to gripe about kids today, but the truth is they haven’t changed. They’re as awesome as always.
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