Defaming Youth

He (or she) is a teacher (or an employer.)

These kids today — I deal with a lot of them.

No. Not this. Not again.

They don’t like to work, and they don’t know anything. They can’t spell, they can’t add a column of figures. They can’t find France on a map, fer Chrissake.

I pull my iPhone 4S out of my pocket, hold it up to my ear.

Tell me about France, I say.

Five seconds later, the screen shows a zoomable map of France, with a virtual red push-pin sticking out of Paris. I hold out my hand, palm up.

Do you know the average age of Apple’s work force? I ask him (or her.)

The answer is 33. For Google, (which provided the map) it’s 31. Whatever is wrong with the country today, young people aren’t it.

3 thoughts on “Defaming Youth

  1. Stephen Williamson March 15, 2012 / 9:54 pm

    If you’ve been around a few decades you hear the same screed over and over again. Your point is well taken.

  2. rf May 4, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    I don’t know if you’re still writing on this, or in general. Fwiw you really should. At times the empathy you display, whether I agree or not, cuts deep. And the poem ‘consolation’ you recently posted on crooked timber was something else.
    More please

    • William Timberman May 4, 2012 / 9:55 pm

      There were some things to be sorted first, but yes, there’ll be more. Soon, I think. And thanks.

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