The video also sounds an alarm for all parents of Gen-Y kids who have gotten into the habit of bubble-wrapping their children and, thus, inadvertently hamstringing their ability to be self-reliant, resilient, and well adapted to cope with the challenges of life. I see many kids like this coming through my college classroom. Thinking back on my own childhood and considering what I know about my parents’ childhoods, things definitely have changed. Childhood has been extended, but not in that good, let’s-keep-them-innocent kind of way. Many young adults seem incapable nowadays of making serious decisions for themselves, handling responsibilities, and simply living the life of a mature young person. I have heard more than one college student start a sentence (and not in jest) with the phrase “when I grow up.” These are 18- and 19-year-old adults. I have news for you, kiddo, you’re all grown up now despite what your parents have told you. It’s time to pop that bubble wrap.
Date: January 17, 2009
A former student of mine sent me this video yesterday. It struck me as particularly relevant for one with “unschooling” inclinations. Tomorrow I am sure Aidan and I will be “deconstructing” a few appliances. I suggested the idea to him and he’s been talking about it all day–to learn how things work by taking them apart and looking inside the mysterious “black box.”