Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Educating Generation Zzz

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Educating Generation Zzz

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Although it will take a decade or so for the current generation to visit the campuses of higher education, the Academy must be prepared for Generation Z. Unlike Generation X, who had a self-motivated mission to find their inner voices, Generation Z has been given cell phones and search engines to guide their way along the information highway and beyond. Raised on Blues Clues and reality television, Generation Z will need a wake-up call to get involved.

For Generation Zed to benefit from higher education, professionals need to prepare the next student body with Zest, Energy, and Direction.

As education molds the paradigms of the future, the classroom becomes praxis for the boardroom. Let's change these bored teens into motivated citizens with a Zest for excellence (not abstinence). Instead of being disruptive students in detention-filled hallways, today's youth are currently being encouraged to become citizens of the world. Service learning has been the objective of many campuses. Focusing on helping others instead of becoming an apprentice to a millionaire pushes Generation Z past the graveyard at Ground Zero to create a more compassionate world.

Each generation also must expend some Energy. Generation Z must become engaged in effecting change. A Boy Scout badge or digital diploma becomes discarded like an old stuffed animal. Instead of simulated cities, Generation Z needs energy to confront the enduring issues of Planet Earth. Inter-racial and intergenerational families provide a true appreciation of the melting pot of this nation. …

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