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ERIC Number: EJ726613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Talking about Their Generations: Making Sense of a School Environment Made Up of Gen-Xers and Millennials
Strauss, William
School Administrator, v62 n8 p10 Sep 2005
New generations come and go, and people shouldn't be surprised that each thinks differently from the previous, but they do. Boomers haven't quite figured out Generation X. What they think they have figured out, they often don't respect or appreciate for its significance in shaping the future. Right now, significant changes are happening in K-12 classrooms, in the teacher corps, in the administration offices, in homes and in state and local governance as the older generation is gradually giving way to its successors. The consequences of these transitions help explain much of what is going on in K-12 education today. They also offer insights into what is likely to happen on America's campuses by the end of this decade and how the ranks of school superintendents are likely to change. Before the author explores the implications of this transition of generations, he defines them: (1) G.I. Generation: Born 1901-1924, currently ages 80-104; (2) Silent Generation: Born 1925-1942, currently ages 62-80; (3) Boom Generation: Born 1943-1960, currently ages 44-62; (4) Generation X: Born 1961-1981, currently ages 23-44; and (5) Millennial Generation: Born since 1982, currently ages 23 and younger. The latter four generations are central to the story of today's K-12 education. Administrators should foster a climate of respect for each generation's strengths and of help and support for their weaknesses. They should encourage Gen-X teachers to appreciate the boomer approach to curriculum, values and the civic purposes of their profession. And they should encourage boomers to appreciate how well Gen-Xers handle technology, parents and No Child Left Behind. Each generation brings something new and important to teaching and learning. That's why it's so important for school administrators to understand, respect and address the generational differences in today's schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States