Kids these days don't have a work ethic.
These kids are lazy. They will never make it in the real world.
These kids don't know what a hard days work is.
If these are the future leaders of our country, we're in trouble.As an educator, I have heard each of these statements often in reference to our students. However, I would like to assure everyone that the future is far from bleak. In fact, when I look at what many of the young adults in our school system are accomplishing, I would argue that the future has never been more promising.
I would challenge anyone who believes our students are lazy to shadow some of them for just one week. We currently have almost 300 students participating in various extra- and co-curricular activities at CCHS. Many of these students are arriving at school at 5:45 a.m. for an athletic practice and not leaving school until 9:00 p.m. or later due their various other extra- and co-curricular commitments (i.e. band, chorus, madrigals, theater, etc.). Then they are going home and completing at least an hour or more of homework. These students are putting in 15 to 16 hour days five days per week, and then they usually have either an extra- or co-curricular practice over the weekend, as well as more homework to complete. Many of them are routinely putting in 80 hour weeks between school and school-related activities. If these students were working adults, they would be earning quite a hefty sum in overtime pay! Instead, they are learning valuable lessons in time management, organization, dedication towards a cause, and a work ethic that will serve them well as future leaders.