a positive article expressing “what’s right” with learners now entering the workforce/higher education system (the focus is not on the technological proficiency of millenials…but their social makeup). Millennials, according to cited research, are personable, committed, team-workers. Are we, as educators, able to adjust to needs of these learners? To what degree should we as educators adjust our approaches…and to what degree should we expect Millenials to adjust? (via Jay Stone)
I refer to this site in anticipation of the upcoming Orange County High School summit at which my colleagues and I are presenting on Educational Technologies. The summit is focused on the book Millennials Rising: The next generation, which is cited in this article.
Some of the conclusions of the article were surprising to me. For instance, after all of my research into how the gamer generation is better at taking risks than, say, the boomers, this article suggests that millennial’s risk aversion will be higher… and their justification for this claim seemed reasonable: “this group, which has had such a structured life so far, may have difficulties if they run into situations that are less structured and ambiguous than their life experiences have been thus far. ‘They don’t do very well in situations of ambiguity.’” I have no doubt this is a very complex generation. I also, of course, have no doubt they’re gonna do fine, but have their own neuroses… which is not to say we can’t try to do the best we can with them. That’s “with them,” not “for them.”