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    Газета School English #4, 2008

    Generation Y. Why?


    Надежда Никифоровна Рогожина Надежда Никифоровна Рогожина, проректор по международным программам, зав. кафедрой лингвистики и межъязыковой коммуникации Самарского муниципального университета Наяновой, кандидат педагогических наук, доцент.
    Директор негосударственного учреждения дополнительного образования “World Class-Samara”.
    Dear Reader,

    The inspiration for my column today was a picture my friend David Wright sent me on April 1. It might be dealing with April Fools’ Day - or might not. He sent it in an email the subject of which was “Generation Y. Why?”

    I started pondering on it and decided that the picture might be a good pretext to talk with my students on this phenomenon and I wrote to David about my idea to speak about norms of behaviour, the way students wear their clothes, etc.

    That’s what David answered:
    “Teenagers like to do and wear things to differentiate themselves from adults and, if possible, to shock adults too, for example, with body piercing, ‘Goth’ fashions, extra-long trousers, long hair and earrings for boys, bare midriffs for girls, loud rap music, etc. They will grow out of it eventually and then complain when their children do something similar!”

    I know that David always showed me examples of being tolerant to different things, it is in the tradition of the style of life in the West which I also try to acquire. I decided to look upon that picture and the subject of the email as a sign of protest and read “Y” as “why” as David did. This “why” is probably addressed to adults and it is up to us to answer all those other “whys” which we do not want to see and from which we avert our eyes in order not to see them. Maybe it is high time we faced each other, looked into each others’ eyes and talked?

    Nadezhda




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