How ironic to read Linda Marie’s mean-spirited advice to graduates (May 9) on the day that a group of elementary students was featured on the front page for their “Dimes for Captain Dern” campaign, which netted $4,402 for the Peters Burn Center. I’m not sure what world Ms. Marie lives in, but it is not one I am familiar with.
I have taught for 40 years, currently teach math and was the basketball coach at Sanger High School. I love my job, primarily because I get to interact on a daily basis with really great students. I am very impressed by this generation. They are better in many ways than mine ever was. Are there things about some of them that drive us crazy? Of course there are — just as every generation drives the one before it crazy. It’s these differences that make life interesting.
My advice to Linda and people of like-mind: Turn off the television and get out and interact with some of these kids. Volunteer at a local school. Go to some of their fine arts or sporting events. You’ll find out that they are, in fact, different than us. And thank God for that!