What’s wrong with kids today? Disrespect and Video games!

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been spending two days a week in one of  the local middle schools here in the area.  This participation with teacher observation and teaching some lessons is part of my practicum experience as I get certified.  While my goal is to obtain my PhD and teach at the college level, I still want to see what is happening with students coming up through the school system, and who will be there in college just about the time I am starting out as Dr. Connie Wallace.

To the say the least, it’s been a very interesting, enlightening and enjoyable experience.  I had to chuckle over the past two semesters, because I’m hearing a familiar phrase from many of the teachers whose classrooms I’ve had the opportunity to join and observe.  “What’s wrong with kids today?  There’s no respect anymore!”  There has been some suggestion that maybe video games, technology, texting, cell phones, etc. has contributed to the downfall of our students’ behaviors.

I chuckle because as a history student, this phrase has popped up in each and every generation throughout known time.  “What’s wrong with kids today?”

Generations following their parents will always hear this familiar phrase because things are forever changing.  Nothing ever stays the same.  Those that realize this are wise.  In the 1950s, it was the beatnik movement and rock-n-roll, in the 1960s, it was anti-war movements and free love, in the 1970s platform shoes and ….polyester, in the 1980s it was big hair and punk, in the 1990s it was the home computer and video games, in the early 2000s it was cellphones and 3-D, and now, we are moving into an education system in which technology must be utilized because our children are smarter than what we give them credit for.  Toddlers are using interaction with smart boards, video games and computers, and once older will probably be able to program anything given the opportunity.

The only problem I am seeing with KIDS TODAY is the vast canyon that spreads before teachers and their students.  Those academic individuals that have been teaching for a while, are not integrating technology to their benefit.  They still want to do things the old way, and it only leads to classroom management problems – not because students are bad, but because they are not being challenged enough.  The government doesn’t get it either.  They think testing students to standards is the answer and that’s not it either.  Our students are going to be so tested out that they won’t want to come to school, and then we’ll end up being an illiterate nation.  In coping with this vast canyon between the generations, we need to develop teaching methods to hone into the skills our children have developed that we don’t have.  It’s not disrespect or video games, only the advancement of technology and our need to keep up with it.

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8 thoughts on “What’s wrong with kids today? Disrespect and Video games!

  1. SS Bazinet says:

    I agree. I suspose that people’s first reaction to a difficult situation is to see it as a problem. Many times they’re stuck in the past.To be truly effective, I think we have to remain in the moment and act from a clear headed position that’s not threatened by changing times or people/kids that don’t meet our old standards. It’s a new world each and every moment, isn’t it? Let’s take advantage of that fact and find the magic in that moment. That said, I realize that many a teacher is doing their very best!

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    • Yes I agree! :) I don’t fault teachers at all. I know that new workshops and teaching methods are being structured to try to keep up with what’s happening in education. But there are some who just don’t want to go that route. :)

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  2. School Boards are spending millions every year on programs that do nothing to address this issue. Every 2-3 years, another million or two is spent on a new program that promises to teach the kids, most of which ignore the technological expertise that the kids are learning every day outside the school.

    Recently, our school district decided to allow high schoolers to bring in smart phones and tablets in a few of the schools. The idea is to download educational materials directly to these devices. I don’t know how that is going to work out, but, hopefully, it is a step in the right direction.

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    • There was a young man who sat in the back of the class, and after I did one of my lessons, we were discussing technology after I showed them a video on Youtube about what our technology world would look like in about 50 years. He ended the discussion by telling the teacher that he would invent a desk top that had each student’s seat in it, and it would be connected to the screen on their desk, and all she would have to do would be to move the documents on here screen to each of their desk icons and they would have the lesson. I thought to myself, “Now there’s a youngster who gets it.” :D

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  3. Louis Frayser says:

    Hi Constance. Thanks for an intersting and thought-provoking article. I once despererately tried to help a kid on Yahoo!Answers to find a means to learn computer programming. It was an interest of his that wasn’t taught in school, and he lived in a rural area. Other than online tutorials, I suggested the Boy Scouts if he could find a troop near by.

    Looking back, I suspect that kids show disrespect beause grownups are backwards in many ways if one considers how times have changed. Kids are possibly treating adults in the maner they have learned to deal with backwards people, the same way they are treated when they act dumb.

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  4. I’m sick of ill-mannered, awful children. Glad mine is not one of them!

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