So, I showed this video to my computers class a couple of weeks ago. It was really interesting to see their reactions. My students in that particular class are all about 12 years old. They were born in 1999, mostly.
Many of the social networking sites that so defined the growing up years of my time in elementary and high school no longer exist. Things like Craigslist, LiveJournal, and Friendster? They’ve never heard of it.
It’s amazing to me the amount of work that we as a society put into creating things in a completely imaginary space, formed of electrical impulses, that are going to be obsolete before our children can even figure out how to use them. Not that progress is necessarily bad. It’s great that humans try to innovate and connect. But just think of what it will take to prepare these students for adult life: probably at least half of what they’ll need to do or be skilled in at 35 doesn’t even exist yet.
And I get to teach that to them. Wow.
Just don’t get me started on the travesty that is students not knowing what Aladdin, The Lion King, or Beauty and the Beast are. I mean, REALLY? Priorities, people.