I love talking with teenagers about issues of diversity. In many ways, they are still just kids and providing them with new information and knowledge is incredibly gratifying because of the way they just soak it up. However, I am also always shocked by how much I learn from teenagers when I talk to them as well. So many adolescents are quite introspective and they think about things in a different way than I would. They tend to be quite candid too, if given the opportunity to be honest.
The following is really interesting - both for teens and adults. All kids will eventually become adults and lead the social and economic growth of our country. They deserve to know what they are getting into; what they are inheriting. The following is a moving infographic (who doesn't love a good infographic??) that outlines the current economic realities of American society. It's not a lecture or a passionate plea for change. It just lays out the facts. Teenagers will eventually enter the work world (sooner is better than later-right parents?) and should understand the impact of where they might fall within this infographic. So share it with them and have a discussion about it. What are their thoughts about this chart? Where do they think their family lies? Where do they want to end up and why? If you have a conversation with your teen (or your class if you are a teacher), leave a comment below and let us know what things came up that surprised you. Even if the video does not give you any new information, I almost guarantee that your teen will.
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Dr. Sweeney is a licensed school psychologist and cultural competence expert. Here are her musings on life in a multicultural world.
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