Author: Kayla King

Generation Snowflake: It’s Not My Fault!

In the book, Fight Club, author Chuck Palahniuk wrote: “You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.” While this may not be the origin of the term, it certainly does encapsulate its meaning. It really does seem as though young adults of the 2010s are less resilient than their predecessors. It’s so easy to place the blame on our parents for creating the Snowflake Generation we live in. (I’m using “Snowflake Generation” as an umbrella term, because it generally encompasses millennials and Generation Z) parents. This makes a lot of sense, given the dictionary definition of the...

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Helicopter Parenting: A Danger To Upcoming Generations

There’s been a fascinating switch within the last few generations of helicopter parents. The definition (and expectation) of a liberal is to advocate for freedom for everyone while conservatives are hesitant for change and innovation. In terms of a helicopter parent, you’d generally assume that conservatives are much more likely to be on. This was true for a long time, until recently. Mark Oppenheimer’s article labels current liberal helicopter parenting as a new form of “puritanism” because of their obsession with keeping their children’s lives “pure”. I am not a parent, but I do teach preschool and I am...

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The Trouble with Tech in the Classroom

Technology is amazing. Without it, I would not be able to write this and share it with such a wide audience. It is such a pervasive influence in modern society. Thus, it only makes sense that it has made its way into education. The use of technology in classrooms is incredibly important because of the amount used outside of the classroom. However, it can be increasingly detrimental to students and teachers when not used in moderation. Hurting How We Learn The biggest thing I’ve noticed in my experience (I’m a preschool teacher) is that kids who use technology all the time tend...

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The Literacy Crisis in the United States

There is a serious problem with America’s abysmal literacy rates. Yes, literacy in children and adolescents in America is stagnant, but there is a bigger issue:  functionally illiterate adults. Defining The Problem There is a difference between functional literacy and normal literacy. The type of illiteracy that you’d expect to hear about in places without access to education is “normal literacy.” This refers to “the ability to understand, evaluate, use, and engage with written texts to participate in society, achieve one’s goals, and develop one’s knowledge and potential.” That is not the same as functional literacy. Functional illiteracy is defined...

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STEM and the Devolution of the Humanities

The decline in the study of the humanities continues to be a problem, specifically in American higher education. According to Willard Dix, “…to prioritize departments that pay over those that may be elemental (English, history, philosophy, for example) but not ‘profitable,’ is wrongheaded in the long run.” The Trouble with STEM Schools certainly should keep their programs updated to fit the times. STEM fields–science, technology, engineering, and mathematics–are incredibly valuable in order to have a better understanding of humanity. They help society find ways to adapt and improve. Moreover, these fields have become accessible to everyone, not just men working towards their vocation....

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