Millennials + Think Pink = A Discovery Education

millennials risingThe buzz about the millennials continues since Morley Safer’s 60 Minutes segment aired in November. Poised to enter the workforce, they are hardworking, resourceful, and tech savvy multi-taskers. So why are these Gen Ys taking so much heat? Important to them: self, friends, family, rapid rise. Not as important: the older generation. After my friend, colleague, and Star DE Jennifer Brinson got the faculty room discussion started, our school district’s Director of Data and Technology, Randy Ziegenfuss, blogged about the millennials. He asked if the older generation was not willing to shift their paradigm of work or if the younger generation need to shift their paradigm? Has the concept of work changed from one generation to another? For some of these answers, I turned to A Whole New Mind.

dan pinkIf you happened to attend the Dan Pink webinar, you noticed the chat with 187 participants on multiple threads flew like the Concord. Despite directing comments to @name, at least 6 strands competed with my attention for Dan Pink’s message. So I focused on the main event, and he made so much sense. If we think about the new paradigm for today’s market economy, if we think Pink, then we do embrace a different mindset for the future. We all shift, or perhaps we get left behind, standing somewhere on the fringe in numerical proportion to our resistance to understand the impact of Asia, Automation, and Abundance. While older may struggle with the 3A’s, younger clearly does not.

What always puzzles me is the reluctance to embrace change, especially when there are really not many other options. If manufacturing, mining, and agriculture were the ways to grow money–not merely exchange it–in the agrarian and industrial ages, and if the information highway has been superseded by the creative age, then how we grow learning, minds, creativity, and the wealth of a nation will change. As educators with a challenge to fit digital learning to digital natives, the millennials are waiting–and to their credit, quite patiently, I think–for some of us to catch up. For me, it really has been a journey of Discovery. The good that I bring daily into my classroom comes from the Discovery Educator Network, from your wisdom and talent and from the Discovery Education products. So, as I venture back to blogging, I hope you will welcome a new voice to help Jennifer share the task she has so ably–and dauntingly to me–held for the past year. I’m glad to be back, and hope you will join us in adding your thoughts and comments to our ongoing discussions.

A tidbit: Jannita will be starting A Whole New Mind discussion group. Email her if you would like to continue the conversation.


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