Generation F

  • GENERATION F

In research  that Beata Staszyńska-Hansen and I undertook over the last six years in the European Union we found that the current generation of youngsters (8 – 18 years) displays remarkable behaviour in the classroom, at an ever younger age. To start with, most youngsters are incapable of concentrating on one thing for a prolonged time. Then, extreme student opinions that are emotionally phrased and defended dominate current classroom discussions. Finally, for many youngsters abstract thinking is a challenge. They experience problems when applying abstract rules to concrete situations. Also, understanding that knowledge might be context-sensitive is a problem for them. The outcomes of our research do not point at a radicalization of youngsters, neither do they show that youngsters are dumber. The underlying cause is that youngsters are fragmented. READ THE WHOLE SECTION

  • HOW TO REACT TO GENERATION F

In our projects we have developed and tested an elaborate toolkit how to react to youngsters of Generation F. In short this boils down to: communication online, employing positive empathy, provoking constructive confrontations and developing soft, 21st century skills such as the ability to resolve conflicts. READ THE WHOLE SECTION

  • AND THEN CAME KURZBAN

Currently, there is a major revolution going on with regard to our human identity, the third one in history. The first revolution was the recognition that the earth is not the centre of the universe. Thus, we had to accept we are not the centre of everything. The second revolution was the recognition that human beings are just a by-product of evolution. Thus, we had to accept that we are not the centre of all living creatures on our planet. The third revolution concerns recognizing that the “I” that we experience is a mere by-product of our social brain. Thus we have to accept that our consciousness is not the centre of our identities. READ THE WHOLE SECTION

  • WHAT DOES KURZBAN MEAN FOR OUR TOOLKIT

The theory of Robert Kurzban also has implications for our toolkit how to react to youngsters of Generation F. Our four main tools can be reinterpreted to fit Kurzban’s concepts. READ THE WHOLE SECTION