This blogpost is a comment on discussing the Net Generation, or what ever generation. People are often discussing the new generation or the old generation. Mostly they produce at best generalizations and simplifications and sometimes (worse) they produce prejudices. (Please do not read this wrong, I do not point at Stephen or Jim or do I accuse them of this generalization).
Congresses for teachers often have these guru’s speaking of the new Net Generation. The New Net Generation is a new race, born with skills and knowledge that the audience does not know of. “The New Net Generation is able to multitasking” , is one of the things guru’s told us, and they were wrong. Multitasking is what some people do and it mainly is the reason why they do not succeed.
This guru babble on generations is never to the point. Does not help a teacher. A teacher has students in the classroom, not a generation. In a generation is so much difference. All those different people of the same age belong to different groups, cultures, sub-cultures and all are individuals. “Generation” is a sociological term of little use for teaching and upbringing youth. I wonder what is the use of “generation”?
Do this blogpost and the blogpost on Leadership have connections? The guru babble on generations is an example of old style leadership: One guru to lead them all to the new grasses of wisdom.
And this talk about generations, is it a barrier like the language barrier of Apostolos Koutropoulos ? A barrier in understanding people?
Is this generalization a way to foster (false) security?