High school teacher here, if you didn’t already know.
So I know what I’m talking about when I say kids these days feel entitled. They feel entitled in ways those of us coming up in the seventies, eighties, and nineties did not.
Kids these days feel soooooooooo entitled. I didn’t feel as entitled as they do when I was their age.
My generation rolled with the punches and didn’t make waves. We worked hard and hoped for the best. This bent towards working hard and making do is a hallmark of so-called Generation X. We’re proud of it.
Kids these days feel entitled to too much. They want to be taken care of. They think they’re special.
Not me. When there was a gunman in the neighborhood and I had to go on lockdown in a flimsy-walled trailer classroom for an hour with thirty students who were scared and sad and had to go to the bathroom, I didn’t complain to my representative and ask for gun control. I was just grateful for the job. We all survived, didn’t we? I went back to work the next day like nothing happened.
When a beloved former student of mine was killed in an act of gun violence last summer, I attended a candlelit vigil and I wept.
I embraced his parents and I prayed for them.
I didn’t march to protest the lack of gun control in this country.
I didn’t go on CNN and call out any NRA-backed politicians for their greed.
I didn’t feel entitled to safe spaces to work and live for myself or for others in my city.
Worse than that, I didn’t feel entitled enough for my own daughters to have a safe space to go to school to disrupt the status quo of gun madness in this country.
The Parkland, Florida students and young people all over America are rising up and being rude and downright aggressive in the face of the greed, ignorance and avarice of the gun lobby and their puppets in government. These kids with their sense of entitlement to live have done more for freedom and justice in this country than I have in an entire Generation X lifetime of keeping my head down and working hard.
Thank God for the entitlement of the rising generation. They’re saving us all.