I love my students. They are cheerful (usually), intelligent (for the most part), and hard workers ( 9 times out of 10). They are engaged in the subject matter and love to get me to go off script when I’m lecturing and encourage me to head down a rabbit trail. And that’s fine.
The times when we have our greatest time of fellowship is when the topic doesn’t seem to match the lecture. Until it does. They say that “more is caught than taught,” and I have to agree. Perhaps we are discussing communication technology, like we were in one class yesterday. Seemingly irrelevant information led to a wonderful chat about how technology has affected our everyday life. Which, in the end, was the whole point.
My students became very animated as I shared the differences between their lives and mine at the same age. Just imagine taking a walk and NO ONE being able to reach you. Going into the ladies’ room and not overhearing someone carrying on a conversation while using the facilities. (That happened to me today!) (Please note, I was not the talker….)
It was a great conversation. We shared about the prevalence of mental health issues in young people in this generation. That was basically unheard of in my generation. So what do you think? Is technology to blame, at least partially? Let’s talk about it.
I would argue that these precious young people are an incredible generation; they are a real blessing in my life. But imagine life with the complete lack of privacy; I think that is what they are facing now.
I would love to hear your thoughts.