Walking Uphill

i282600889612672971._szw1280h1280_As we grow older we often romanticize our youth. This doesn’t just happen with those of us who are sixty something, even adults as young as thirty or forty are often guilty of viewing the newest generation as being far less industrious than ours was in “the old days.” We all know the kind of thinking to which I am referring, “When I was a kid we had it hard! We got up at the crack of dawn and walked a mile to school in the snow, uphill, both ways! Kids today are spoiled!”

The truth is that the world is constantly changing and children learn to adapt to things as they are. During my long tenure as an educator I often heard my fellow teachers complain that the quality of students was declining with each passing year. In fact during my first few years in the classroom a very sweet older woman mentored me and her mantra was that I might consider another profession because the students that we had were the absolute worst in her memory. Since I had no basis of comparison I saw them differently. In my mind they appeared to be mostly polite, hard working, and eager to learn. Even until the very end of my career I saw that the young men and women with whom I interacted were teenagers not so different from me and my friends when we were in high school. They simply faced a completely different set of challenges from the ones that were ours.  Continue reading “Walking Uphill”