My mom is a fifth grade teacher, and she recently shared an article with me that has had me thinking. In the article, the writer essentially said that kids today spend so much time inside--online, watching tv, playing video games--that the outside world is alien to them, and they're often frightened of things that kids who grew up even a decade ago aren't afraid of.
This led to a big family discussion of kids these days. My father mentioned that many kids can't read analog time--they're too used to digital. My mom pointed out that cursive writing is often not even taught to students--they just learn typing. And don't get my husband started on the latest fashion trends.
I find this kind of talk interesting--because, of course, my mind starts whirring with possibilities. Kids scared of the outside? Imagine a pod world, where everyone stays inside their own pods--and then what happens when the pods break down? No ability to read analog time? Let's throw those futuristic kids into the past, where they have to deal with all the old stuff we've moved on from. Cursive writing is indecipherable? How cool would it be if the code language was just regular ol' cursive?
I'm a reactionary writer--I write "what if" and I spin my worlds out of control. But I also find it interesting to think about what really will happen if our world keeps going the way it does. Will cursive writing fade out of existence? Will we lose our love of the outdoors?
What will happen to kids these days?