As I mentioned in a previous post, last week Kat and I were volunteer teachers for JA In a Day at Monticello High School.
Our topic: Careers with Purpose. Our audience: 9th graders.
It took us a while to figure out that the students were dressed up for Decades Day – I’m sad to say that I briefly thought wearing tiger-print baggy pants and a flight suit was potentially a rural Minnesota thing – but it soon became apparent that the 9th graders were more interested in the shenanigans of the afternoon than they were in talking about their life’s noble purpose. While they might have found some value in our time with them, they didn’t care enough to be fully engaged…
…that is, until we attempted to connect our lesson with celebrities.
This is how you know you’re getting old: when none of the kids who are a decade younger than you have ever heard of the following philanthropic public personalities –
Or U2 at all, for that matter.
And only one of the students knew the singing group behind the song Bills Bills Bills (Destiny’s Child):
Still, we wanted the teenagers to understand that you can serve a higher personal calling outside of your career through volunteering your time and resources to a cause that you’re passionate about. This is important stuff. So Kat asked if any of the students knew Miley Cyrus.
The 9th graders flipped. Duh they know who Miley Cyrus is. Miley Cyrus is the best of course. They love Miley Cyrus.
The slubs are beginning to find that very few things in life age you more than a younger person who is totally disconnected from your generation’s cherished culture.
Just to get the kids back on the straight and narrow, we forced them to watch a video of U2 performing Beautiful Day live in concert. One day they will understand.