I recently heard from a faculty member at Syracuse University. She gave me a classic illustration of what is happening today in so many of our schools. After returning last week’s tests, one student complained that she’d gotten a bad grade. When her prof suggested she might want to study harder next time, the student protested, and immediately called her mother, right there in class. What’s more—after getting her mom on the phone, she handed the cell phone to her teacher and said to her, “My mom wants to talk to you.”
I spoke at a commencement for a university last week in South Carolina. The president, who is a great friend of mine, said he knew of some mothers and fathers who refused to believe their child was not graduating with honors. After all, their child was special and deserved to be recognized as special. So what did those parents do? You might not believe this. They created their own set of honors cords and tassels for their child to wear at their graduation.
I think most would agree, the workaday world these graduates are heading into won’t treat them quite as well as mommy did. Will they be able to make it? Can we expect our young graduates to be able to cope with a difficult economy and world when their parents have failed to prepare them for it?
Our team is an exception to the rule. I’m fortunate to work with twenty-something’s who are grateful, respectful, humble and gifted. They have a servant’s heart. They must have had parents who prepared them for life. I appreciate them very much. Our team is made up of three forty-something’s…the rest are twenty-something’s. (You can see most of them in the photo). I love them all. I am hopeful we can develop more like them.