Educating Generation Z

Hammer, K (2014). Educating Generation Z

I’ve listed numerous statements from this article in the list below. The indented comments are my responses.

  • a new generation that will be more educated, connected and sophisticated than any that has come before
    • I don’t know about the “sophistication mentioned”. I have young people this age in my life, and they do not seem any more sophisticated than teenagers of the past.
  • Gen Z students are mentally nimble but easily distracted
    • Aren’t these characteristics of all young people?
  • They have seen the impact of recession and were never sold the myth that they were inherently special or that a university degree was all they needed to succeed
    • I think many people are getting tired of talk of “recession”, tight job markets, and the need for belt tightening. This has been going on since at least 1983. If this generation has opened their eyes to this being a smokescreen to distract the masses while the rich get richer, then good for them.
  • self-directed, entrepreneurial, outward looking and keen to change the world
    • “We all want to change the world” (Lennon, J., 1968). The characteristics described here seem to fit many young people, not just this latest generation.
  • the prevalence of learning disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is climbing
    • A a parent of a special needs adult I see it as a good thing that people with ADHD and other challenges are able to make it through high school and into post-secondary classrooms. As Post Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities (Agoratus, M., 2016) indicates, it is now possible for students with intellectual differences to continue their education beyond high school. In the Vancouver, B.C. area, Douglas College offers Vocational Education and Skills Training (VEST) programs “to people with disabilities or barriers to education and employment” (Douglas College, n.d.).
  • problems such as bullying are being magnified by social media
  • knowledge will matter less than it ever has before, far less than research, analysis and deduction
    • This makes sense when knowledge is available at low cost via Internet search.
  • These are students who will wilt in the traditional classroom setting, seated in rows before a teacher reading from a curriculum checklist
    • Wouldn’t anybody wilt in similar circumstances?

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