Is It Generation Y or Gen 'Me'?

An editor at the Greater Good Science Center says old folks' hostility toward those born after 1978 is misguided, even crazed.

Three social scientists and education specialists say criticisms leveled against members of Generation Y — those born after 1978 — are unwarranted, reports Jeremy Adam Smith in his blog for UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center.

Developmental psychologist Diana Divecha, who is also the mother of two Gen Y'ers, says there are good reasons why this age group is taking longer to get married buy homes and settle into careers than earlier generations, Smith writes.

She points to a struggling economy and low wages as among the reasons for a late-blooming adulthood.

Another researcher, the Greater Good center's education director, Vicki Zakrzewski, says Gen Y members aren't leaving the teaching profession because they have short attention spans or feel entitled — it's because schools aren't good places to work.

Read Smith's complete blog post here.

Paul D January 29, 2013 at 05:10 PM
What hostility? I haven't noticed any.


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