Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Chris Sessums looks at a study that says "college students today are 40 percent less empathetic than their counterparts in the 1970s." According to a Times study, "Konrath and her report co-authors suggest that a mixture of cultural forces associated with video games, social media, reality TV and hyper-competition have left the younger generation 'self-involved, shallow, and unfettered in their individualism and ambition".'" I have a different explanation. Students haven't changed, demographics have. In the 1970s universities were much more egalitarian than they are today. More and more, you have to be the child of rich parents to be admitted and to pay tuition. This results in the student body, as a whole, appearing to have a greater sense of entitlement.

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