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  •  but that hostility does NOT exist (4+ / 0-)

    at least among the students I taught.

    here I was, an aging leading edge Boomer.

    They were fascinated by my activism when I was their age and a bit older.  

    They wanted to know - and understand - what motivated me to certain actions, but not to others.

    they were fascinated that I could march against Vietnam in 1964 but enlist in the Marines in 1965.

    For many of the Boomers, the mistake was the rejection of the generation(s) before them.  It was very much "in your face" and lost the opportunity to build lasting coalitions that could have permanently changed this nation, Powell's 1971 Memorandum and the Koch Brothers notwithstanding.

    I do not see that among the students I taught. They are willing to challenge, they will tell us how they are different, but they are not so rejectionist of those who went before.

    Granted, my experience may not be generalizable but it is not just what I have experienced with my student  - I am on a discussion list of progressive who range in age from early 20s to late 60s, so we cover even the tail end of the silents.  And from our discussions and listening to and getting to know some of our youngers, who are also quite prominent here, I think there is a greater cross-generation cooperation and listening than was true say in 1968.

    One possible weakness in Blow's piece is that we need to remember that technically those then young people who drove the Civil Rights Movement were from the Silent Generation, and they very much spoke to those of us who were relatively near contemporaries at the leading edge of the Boomers (like me, born the first year of boomers in '46).

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:32:56 AM PDT

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    •  That's reassuring. (1+ / 0-)
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      Throw in a military draft and you might see a different attitude, though.

      Boomers have a "cred" and value system simply by virtue of being boomers that more closely aligns them with the young people of this generation than the generation that preceded the Boomers. Pot, birth control and pop culture helped that.  It makes sense that your students would be interested and sympathetic.  You're also a teacher so they naturally see you as somebody that helps. Of course twenty years from now when they reap whatever it is we  leave at their feet their attitudes may also change, not towards you but maybe towards Boomers (and X'rs) in general.

    •  I agree. Age is no longer a factor. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm guessing it's an effect of online communications. Today's kids have learned to judge people by the words they type, with no idea about a person's gender, race, or age. They have learned that the externals do not determine what you believe. And that has worked its way into their real life relationships. My group of friends is primarily 30 to 50 year olds, but we have some as young as twenty, and as old as 80. It's a wonderful change.

      "The Democrats are the lesser evil and that has to count for something. Good and evil aren't binary states. All of us are both good and evil. Being less evil is the trajectory of morality." --SC

      by tb92 on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 05:08:23 PM PDT

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