Today I was introduced to the book, “The Dumbest Generation” by Mark Bauerlein and although I’ve only read a short excerpt, it has me fuming. The excerpt I read suggests that students have too much choice and personalization due to the Internet, social networking, video games, et cetera and that they are then unwilling to engage with anything outside of their personal interests.
What I find frustrating about this concept is that while this may be true for some students, I don’t think it’s the majority and it really bothers me that he’s painting our whole next generation with the same brush. In fact, he talks about not trusting anyone under 30 and when this book was published, I was under 30! Sure, I’m interested in technology, use Facebook and Twitter, but I also am curious about a lot of other things on life and I know from talking with my students that they are too.
It’s worrisome for me that the next generation is being viewed in such a negative fashion. I’ve worked in education for seven years now and I’ve taught some absolutely amazing students and it makes me sad to think that they are going be judged in this manner just because of the generation in which they were born.
As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas.