Who’s Rodney King, who’s Dick Clark, who’s Robin Gibb, who’s Paul McCartney and what’s he doing on my TV they ask on Twitter, why are they trending? Some even went so far as to say, “The Titantic really happened, I thought is was just a movie”. Is this just the generation gap or just plain ignorance? Granted this stuff shouldn’t be taught in the schools so where should they learn it or do they even need to?
I watched a video from my good friend and fellow blogger http://thabto.wordpress.com/ where young people didn’t know who Hitler was, they had no idea about the Holocaust, is was disturbing. Even if they don’t get into depth about the Holocaust the schools should at least be teaching about WWII, everyone of every generation should know who Hitler was. Still another article from my good friend and fellow blogger http://thabto.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/immature-americans-cheap-patriotism/ agonizes over what a visual society we have become, how our attention span has been shortened by 30 second commercials, news blurbs etc, nobody reads anymore, our youth believe that if it’s not memorialized in movies and video games then it’s not a real event.
How can you describe Rodney King and the LA riots or the Beatles in a 70 character tweet? You can’t, all you can do is point them in the direction of an internet link that is not necessarily truth and is subjective at best, even our history books in school are subjective and not necessarily truth based on who wrote them. Could this mean that everything I learned in school may not have been the truth but only the biased opinion of the writer?
John Steinbeck, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway have been replaced by modern day classics like The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, you can’t get kids to even open their minds to reading any of the, what the older generation considers, classics, they have no interest in the past or the future, only the present. The next generation will be asking their parents to buy the crib notes for Harry Potter rather than read the book much like this generation is asking of their parents when, on the rare occasion, they are challenged by a worthy teacher. Say what? I have to do a book report on The Grapes of Wrath?? There must be a movie version of it somewhere!!! Well there is, fortunately for the poor lad that has to do the report but teachers let them get away with it instead of directing the quiz on items not shown in the movie. “Them Okies got no sense and no feeling. They ain’t human. Human being wouldn’t live the way they do.” The same could be said for todays generation, they got no sense, no human could live that ignorant but yet they do, they not only live that way, they thrive.
So who should teach them about the classics, the LA riots, Kent State, the Beatles? Nobody, they are no longer teachable subjects, it’s self taught so does this mean that all of the history of this generation will be totally lost, gone forever? I guess so! – Phoebe