1. Anthony Williams

    My wife and I discuss this often, when we see organizations or student groups standing somewhere taking collections/donations for things such as trips and competitions. We agree that these funds should be raised through various means of service to the community such as a car wash or bake sale which helps to teach kids the value of hard work and determination to reach a desired goal.

    We are charged with tapping into each individual student’s passion, guiding their learning and teaching them the power that comes from knowledge. Students also have to fail at things in order to develop the grit and resilency to continue to strive to reach their goals. We have to help students understand where the power comes from, through their failures and what they might see as their shortcomings.

    It seems to all come back to the old adage, ‘teach a man to fish.’ If we teach them the skills that are needed to be successful and that working hard at what YOU want will get you closer to your goal, then we have done a lot for their future.

    • Katie

      Yes, I agree. In both cases students are getting something, but the difference is how they got it. An empowered student recognizes that they have the ability to make something happen for themselves (societal inequalities aside) and works to achieve it, an entitled student expects someone to do it for them. I don’t know that there’s a line between these two things at all. That implies by pushing empowerment too much you get into entitlement territory. Instead I feel like they are opposite sides of a coin. I don’t know that you could ever develop an entitled student if you are teaching them to be empowered.

      Frankly, I think the younger generations get criticized far too often and their strengths not recognized nearly enough. If it is entitlement to have an expectation for the way you want your life, then people have been entitled since the idea of the “American Dream” was first conceived.

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