Seen on Twitter:
Kids asked to put on “Soldier Boy” [sic] Now I feel old… They call that MUSIC? No melody, no harmony, no tune…
Yeah, but rhythm and rhyme to spare …
My shoulder recently dislocated, my body spontaneously intolerant of lactose, it’s time for me to face facts that I’m getting really, really old.
Tweets like these, mercifully, remind me that there are people out there even older than me but they’re encouraging and confounding at the same time. They force the question:
At what point will I stop reconciling my student’s interests against my own and begin defaulting to “… kids these days.”?
What’s it gonna be? Acoustic glass breaking? Puppy yodeling? I’ve weathered ghost riding, hyphy, four Saw movies, and the Soulja Boy
Anyone have any experience staving off this kind of inevitability?
How long do I have?
[Update: Love Diana’s response. Gives me hope.]
I believe a teacher becomes a little less effective every year that they believe there is something innately wrong with kids because of the clothes they are wearing or the music to which they are listening. Can’t we evolve to a point where we EXPECT that ‘kids these days’ will not be be like those that came before?
The answer has to be “never”. If you’re not into the fact that your kids are into something then you’re in trouble. You don’t have to be into it, but you have to respect that they are. If you don’t do this it gets real tough for them to get into what you’re into.