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Maybe I'm just in a sour mood--it is a Monday, after all. But, for
whatever reason, I have to say that I was completely unimpressed by the
"Vision of Students Today" video.

 I mean--don't we already know all the proferred "kids these days" memes
inside-out based on what we do for a living? Were there really any
revelations offered up?

Or solutions?

I not only found the ideas pretty tired, but I tended to side with some
of those who left comments about the video on YouTube indicating that
they found it to be basically a montage of chronically bored American
brats; the 'stupid and contagious,' as Cobain once sang.

I mean look: yeah, we all need to stay reasonably hip to the current
zeitgeist and do our best to tap it. But if a student chooses to spend
vastly more time attending to superficial digital chatter (and there was
really no suggestion of it being anything else) than academic substance,
utimately, should that really be my problem?

Instead, I'd rather reciprocate with a most hearty "whatever, dude." 

I'm sure we can "outsource" some decent students from parts of the world
that still have reserve stockpiles of ambition.

  Jeffrey Hastings,
  School Library Media Specialist, Cranky-butt Curmudgeon
  Highlander Way Middle School 

hastingj at howellschools dot com




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