Saturday, April 28, 2007

Life in a gilded cage

The Longrider, upon finding himself in a new environment and surrounded by younger people, has written a superb post lamenting the lack of critical faculties of this generation.
I find myself working with a generation who accept without question the unproven concept that we cause global warming (sun? What sun?). Come to that, this is a generation that is woefully ignorant of geography, history, language and maths. When I find myself having to explain to colleagues how to work out something as basic as percentages or simple spelling, I despair. If I try to engage anyone on English history or global politics, I quickly find that they are quite literally, lost. And this is not unusual, I am the one who is unusual because I can spell, string a sentence together and add up… Oh, and I know where the Dardanelles are. And I am the one who failed my eleven plus on maths…

This same generation has grown up with the expectation that bad things shouldn’t happen to them and if they do, then the government had better do something about it pretty sharpish. The state is mother, the state is father, the state does not lie, the state will look after us.

Do go and read the whole thing...

6 comments:

Mr Eugenides said...

I had a similar experience the other day when I mentioned the name "Rembrandt" (in an entirely non-pretentious context, I hasten to add).

The girl I was talking to looked at me blankly for a second or two, and then said, "Oh! He did the theme song from Friends, didn't he?"

I am not making this up.

Longrider said...

Thanks for the link. This was the consequence of a general rant with Mrs Longrider about young people today... God, have I got that old? Ah, the generation gap. Although that has always been and always will be, the sheer lack of critical thinking and poor education frightens me. Mention habeas corpus and you get a blank stare.

One co-worker recently expressed horror that BUPA was sponsoring a charity event. The idea seemed to him contradictory; after all, BUPA provides private healthcare and as we all know, this is eeeeevil.

Sigh...

Tom Tyler said...

Thing is, why should students even bother learning their stuff up properly? They're going to get 'A' grades anyway.....

Jan Tregeagle said...

Except amusingly they won't get A-grades if they write properly. In, for example Ancient History (which incidentally is being shut down as an A-Level), you earn 60% of your marks not for answering the question itself but for evaluating, comparing and criticising sources- even if they have only the most tenuous link to the question. Sources are important but only in the context of answering your question.

Roger Thornhill said...

DK, Longrider, you are not alone.

Entities like Alcohol Concern are becoming staffed by such people. They are the clay that Sociofascists will manipulate.

Anonymous said...

..... or the muppet who responded to an emailed question to National Rail Enquiries, wanting to know the stations I was using, and which web browser. I only asked if it was possible for me to collect a ticket booked online at my station of departure.