Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Generation Gap: How have things changed?

Generation gaps occur throughout the world as innovation, technology, and other advances take place. Such changes can affect society in a huge way. Personally, I was born in the early 1960s, and one of the biggest changes has been in how students study and do research. When I first was in college, students wrote their papers using a typewriter, and if you made a mistake, then you'd have to start all over again or try to correct it by erasing the errors. This was before the revolution of home computers and even the Macintosh personal computer in 1984. Now, many students have their own laptops or home computers. Furthermore, to do research, I always went to the library and used the card catalog to find the information I needed. Nowadays, students' first step is to browse the Internet. These changes bring their own challenges. I find that unless students know how to conduct good research and identify quality sources, they often can't judge what is accurate or not. So, please share your ideas on how time and generation gaps have affected your countries and areas.

Randall

10 comments:

  1. When I was a child, I played with friends outside everyday. Sometimes we enjoyed going to a small mountain and called that "exploration." Only on rainy days we played at home but it was boring and we missed sunshine. But nowadays if they play outside alone, it might occur terrible accidents like kidnapping. So that parents have to watch them all the time even if they are so busy. That makes this problem worse. Many children tend to like videogames and the game companies keep making lots of new attractive games for kids one after another. Even though I'm trying to keep the games away from kids, most of their friends have them. Kids hear about games very often. I think raising children is much harder than before.

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  2. This is a very good exsample. It is real hard to raise kids surrounded by TVs and Games. Parents should pay more attention to their kids and find time to play with them.

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  3. Hellow!. In first time sorry by my english, I'm new in this blog. I'm Argentine from Buenos Aires and all written by Sach is true. In my country is very dangerous for the kids are playing outside. When I was a little girl, I spent my time with the dolls, brushing their hairs and dressing them. Nowadays, is very curious found them playing this way.
    Again, excuse me by my english, just I try to learn and practice.

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  4. In the world, the only thing would never change is the thing:"changing" itself. From typewriter to computer, library card to Google, we have been experiencing the revolutionary changing for years. As for a music fan like me, my musical collects have been included from records,tapes, CDs, to mp3 files. For musicians, though technology changes the way people listening to music, it won't change the way of writing songs. Machines won't do the song-writing job itself. The point is that you still need to work hard to feel your lives and writing some good music.

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  5. I am a Chinese, come from Taiwan.
    Time is changed a lot compares than 10 or 20 years ago. More economic activity will cause serious inflation. Then everything's price is going up, like oil, food, real estate, etc. People especial the Parents need work more hard to make more money just for raising their children Parents have no time to accompany their children during their growing up. Parents are the most important person to instruct kids correct concepts values when they face the bad and good thing happened everyday in the word from all kind of media, like internet, TVs, newspaper, etc. I think parents must take all the responsibility for kids's behavior after growing up. I hope all can understand my poor English

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  6. ofcourse there is some changes..there were more human values and good relatonships bfore than these days.now love and considering otheres is restricted to our own homes,we are less communicating vth our society

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  7. Hello,
    Im from Aracaju, Brazil
    Here most of the parents pay children's school or university.
    Some students work part time to help their parents, and others a part time job helps them to have money for eating out, music, trips, etc.
    Students here take long years to become an independent person. Students in Brazil start being independent when they're about 25 and when they're going to get married.

    Thats it.
    bye

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  8. I am from Pakistan, as the inflation is rising educational cost is also have its upward trend which is not possible for a student to bear it by himself/herself. Parents contribute as much as they can. However, if there is financial constraint many of the students try to do their part time/ full time to mitigate their educational expenses.

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  9. In India,all educational and other expences are paid by parents.But now things are also changing there.

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  10. Canada is a different then Pakistan,In Pakistan mostly parents pay the educational expences,but in Canada mostly students pay their college/university educational expences by part time jobs or full time jobs and drops their semester.This is the time for government to review the education tution fees loan policy and review it without interest. Eucation is necessary for every one to built a best society.

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Thanks for posting a comment. I appreciate your interesting in sharing your ideas.

Best,

Randall