9°C, grey, still.

Inset: Staff training session included an exercise in answering the question ” what are the main differences between contemporary teenagers and those of the 1980s & 90s? Primarily, it was an exercise in generating ideas collectively and with relatively little input from the leading teacher. This list contains some of the thoughts we agreed on;

Modern teenagers:

  • No politics, no idealism
  • they don’t exercise,
  • they are contained, driven everywhere, kept indoors; are “cocooned”
  • They are computer literate
  • They are measured constantly; SATS, targets, exams, body weight, health tests, ‘friends’ and ‘likes’ and so on
  • They are well fed
  • they are wealthy
  • they are afraid of risk
  • they are afraid of “getting things wrong”
  • they are image conscious
  • they are argumentative
  • they are shameless consumers
  • they are physically unhealthy
  • they are not ethical consumers
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