Flashback to the Future

Ever since my birthday when Nick surprised me with a Kindle for a gift, I have been reading much more (my eyes especially thank him, since it is much easier on them than my iPhone was).  After reading the Divergent trilogy, the Harry Potter series, a few classics, and a few comedic romances, I’ve found my way back to reading my favorite genre.  Out of anything I read, my favorite subject areas have always included crime, psychological thrillers, suspense, and mystery.  Currently, I am reading Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane.

While I was reading yesterday on my break, a particular quotation stood out to me.  The scene was a between a private investigator and a high school administrator.  The administrator explains that high school isn’t what it used to be, but the PI’s point of view is just the opposite:

“I kept my face noncommittal.  I wasn’t sure if high school was much different than it had ever been; only the accessories were.”

I obviously notice differences between my high school experience and the high schools I substitute teach in, but I also notice a lot of similarities.  There have actually been students that I could’ve sworn I knew when I was in high school; that’s how close the similarities of personalities have been at times.  I think that many of the same issues that we dealt with when I was in high school exist in today’s classrooms, too.  I believe that people think that things have “gotten worse” in schools or children have changed a great deal, but I don’t agree that’s so.  I constantly see myself in students I teach and I see my friends in others, as well.  I think that sometimes we lose sight of the people we used to be when we were young and we like to pretend we were more innocent or less jaded.  Perhaps some of us were, but I believe the same is true of today’s youth.

Whether we’re talking high schools or society, there are always going to be the innocent people and the more experienced.  There are always going to be the “cool kids” and the “black sheep”; the “haves” and the “have-nots”; the leaders and the followers.  I’m not saying you can’t have attributes of all different groups and you can’t hang out with people who aren’t like you, but typically, there are differences.  We may live in a Casteless society, but there are certainly variables that we acknowledge, even if we pretend not to in the sake of being uncontroversial.

Questions to Consider:

  • Do you think that the saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same” is true?
  • Have you ever returned to a place you have not been in a long time and found it to be very similar?

Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at KatrinasResources.com or view her educational resources on TeachersPayTeachers.com.

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