The big debate about “emerging adults”

In my last post, I prefaced some of my frustrations about working in a group. Let me share my most recent example.  In our class we are examining an article from the New York Times.  The article studies a new trend where 20 something, “emerging adults” are more inclined to move back in with their parents, delay marriage etc.  One fellow who is about my age chimes in and says that he feels that this article gives the 20 something’s a license to be irresponsible. 

Oh good lord.  The flippin unemployment rate is 9.6%.  What chance does a 20 something, with no experience, have in this competitive job market when compared to an individual with much more experience? Maybe they are moving back in with their parents so that they can EAT.  Just a thought.

So we differ on that opinion.  I actually enjoy a differing perspective.  About 5 seconds later, the professor splits class into two groups and this fellow joined my group.  We had a friendly discussion and decided to write our respective papers on our differing points of view.  I can’t wait to read his.

So now the class is now comprised of 2 groups.  The “elders” made up of mostly those of us in our thirties and the “young’un’s” made up of the 20 somethings.  All of us on the “elders” team are just out of our minds. 

This is an interviewing class.  Our charge on this assignment is to come up with 5 questions that we will use to interview 10 people under the age of 30, based on the ideas that came from the New York Times article.  They are just survey questions – are you employed, how old are you, etc. We just had to define the questions.  The professor gave us the last 20 minutes of the class to complete.  In my mind we can bang this out in 10 minutes and then use the last 10 to leave early or get a jump-start on the writing assignment. 

How naïve I was.


Filed under adult education, No Adult Left Behind

2 responses to “The big debate about “emerging adults”

  1. Do you have to conduct the interviews? (Or have you already?) If you need a 20-something with an interesting story I could give you my brother’s name/contact info.

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