Now it’s the Adults who Must Run to Catch Up

In the living room of a friend’s house on the 4th of July, our wide ranging story-telling drifted into stories of conflict, especially times when we had turned adversaries into friends. One of us mentioned Getting to Yes, and we agreed it was the bible on how to embrace conflict and make friends. None of us, however, could remember the author (still more dramatic evidence of brain deterioration).

Then we heard “Roger Fisher,” in a small voice coming from somewhere behind us. Turning we saw that it was the voice of eight-year-old Alexandra who was sitting on the carpet in front of an iPad. All three adult jaws dropped. She just smiled a proud smile and said again, “Roger Fisher. Roger Fisher wrote Getting to Yes.”

It’s a different world from the one I grew up in. In the ‘70’s we eliminated the generation gap. In the first decade of the 21st Century children showed that there are things they can do better than adults. child on iPad - Google SearchIn the next fifteen years, adults who don’t accurately identify our value to children beyond the obvious cook, chauffeur and hotel clerk will find ourselves obsolete in the home and a hindrance at school.

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4 Responses to Now it’s the Adults who Must Run to Catch Up

  1. Aidan McAuley says:

    Brilliant Rick!

  2. Rick says:

    thank you.

  3. Shirley says:

    I agree…and would probably take it a step further for the school end of things. If adults and schools don’t engage the new children soon, all of them will wonder why they are there at all.

  4. Growing up in the 50s as I did, it feels like a different universe, never mind planet in today’s world.
    Speaking as a retired language lecturer, I could see that my students were in the position of knowing much more than I did about certain things – how to use the internet, being the main one.
    There’s a lot of ground to catch up on for us, and maybe we’ll never do it – the advances being made in the techosphere are awesome and leave anybody behind who isn’t actively keeping up with it all.
    This leads me to think that maybe we are always going to be at different levels of competence and knowledge for most of the time. However, we are all human and all fairly small fry when it comes to what is out there and beyond.
    Let’s just try to stop ourselves from being intolerant and let’s be more inclusive in whatwe do – Heaven knows, the world needs it, wouldn’t you say?
    Many thanks

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