A Teacher’s Diary in Bullet Form

Oct 12, 2011 by

We often read in books, journals, behavioral researches, expert opinions and magazine articles about how different the generation is now from the then. I think I belong to the mythical transition period generation when things are facing its death at the same time are going through rebirth. Our first two years in college were spent on tinkering with mechanical typewriters. The last two were spent on exploring computers. We saw the two periods collide and mesh. We are the living legends otherwise known as the filters of the past and the future. And I am not anywhere near Steve Jobs (RIP).

Nowadays, kids come from an entirely new stem of chronological genealogy. I see it in my students. Their exposure to things are manifested in their attitudes and behaviors — and while I am not going to seal the concept off with my musings, I’ll come up with some sort of a diary in bullet form to the tune of: Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon. Even that is so unheard of for most of the kids, I bet.

  • (Most) Kids these days have intricate “language-play” capacities allowing for confusion and misunderstanding to take place more frequently. The sense of liberty to deconstruct language is something the kids think is excusable because after all, a lot of people who do not communicate academically can make a fortune based on cryptic stuff.
  • (Most) Kids these days behave as if they know everything about life and the universe more than Bear Grylls. They react to adult topics like they have experienced them routinely and first-handedly when the truth of the matter is, they have youtube to thank for for these silly ideas.
  • (Most) Kids these days are seldom threatened by anything. They are offsprings of brat-makers, so they think they can get away with everything. I think it’s their parents’ fault for not allowing them to fight mud-on-mud with the other kids at school. Germs are very good stuff in making your kids a bit stronger and less vulnerable to hurt.
  • (Most) Kids these days group themselves with pronounced separation among cliques. The nerds, the troublemakers, the cheerleaders, the jocks, the anti-government, the pseudo-society-riche, the showbiz-wannabes. The gap among the groups are getting wider you can tell from a distance which of these kids are actually synthetic.
  • (Most) Kids these days do not observe proper decorum in public. They scream if they want to. They put their feet up in canteens. They swear and curse in the middle of a crowd.
  • (Most) Kids these days do not greet their teachers with good morning, good afternoon, or good day. They just go, hi, (Smile and look away fast, because hey, I hate teachers!).
  • (Most) Kids these days do not read real books. They probably wouldn’t even stand reading this blog up to this point. I always remind my students that to be great, they need to actually be able to compose a complete paragraph with one topic sentence at least once in their lives. When I say that, you can see a number of kids squinting their faces. It goes to show who gets disgusted with the idea and that gives me a clue who to fail.
  • (Most) Kids these days have no savings on their own. Their concept of money is not of value but of passiveness. They cannot imagine how hard one should work to earn money because after all, they can just nag their parents and they get instant cash. It’s the age of instant. If mom and dad won’t give them instant cash, they won’t go to school; to their parents’ heartbreak. Pakshet.
  • (Most) Kids these days are also good. They’re not all bad. It’s just that they need proper guidance and it all lies in the hands of their parents and teachers.  From time to time, I would meet kids who are polite, well-bred, properly conversant with things that do not require triviality. I call them zoo children. They ought to be preserved, that’s why.

The root of all evil. (Photo from: http://www.comedyshack.co.za)

 

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  1. Bopeep

    If you feel like this, Bob, how much more for us teachers of my generation?

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