Understanding new generations of students

For this Chronicle of Higher Education article, Jeffrey R. Young interviewed star anthropology professor Michael Wesch, who used the tools of his profession to try to understand the distance he was feeling around the generation gap between himself and his students.

Says Young:

“I used to have kind of like this constant inner anger that I didn’t even recognize, just simmering in the background, and when a student would come and have some excuse for why they didn’t do this or that, or when they would sort of clearly sort of phone in an assignment and not really put any effort into it, my worse judgments would come out. These were all assumptions.”

A great read — and listen (it links to a podcast) — for anyone who’s felt this frustration.