Embracing change in the new school year

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By Angie Jones

It’s hard to believe that in just one short week, the kids will already be back in school and the flurry of activities which that entails will be underway. I always looked forward to the start of a new school year. It was exciting to know that you’d be getting new teachers, learning new things, and taking one more step toward being “grown up.” It was also fun to see how everyone had changed over the summer. It’s really amazing to witness the radical changes that can occur in a kid’s looks and personality in just three short months.

Kids today live in a different world than they did even twenty years ago. On the one hand, these changes can seem scary and foreign. We never used to have to worry about things like school shootings, online bullying or our kids having so much “screen time” that they never learn how to interact with other humans face to face.

On the other hand, some of these changes are exciting. Kids today have a lot more access and exposure to what is happening in the world around them than any generation before. This is a good thing because it better prepares a child for becoming a world-savvy adult, capable of handling the diversity of situations which will arise as they go out on their own. The way that students are educated has changed too. Subjects which once seemed mostly irrelevant to the day-to-day life of the average person are now being taught in such a manner that their relevance to other subjects is apparent. For example, today’s students might be asked to complete an assignment which requires them to draw on their knowledge in math, science and English all in one shot.

 

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