A few weeks ago, Chelsea posted two articles on the Tuning the Student Mind Blog. The articles highlighted the “generation gap” between old and young. Chelsea asked TTSM friends to respond with thoughts on “bridging the generation gap”. Here are a few creative responses:

“We live in a different world than our parents. The economy is different, the job market is different, social expectations are different and our view of the earth’s resources is different. We can’t be exhaustingly compared with previous generations. We have to learn how to adapt and create a better system and way of life. Everyone’s situation is different, but we need to create a better sense of community and sustainability rather than arguing about everything all the time.” – Marissa

“I think if you keep a constant dialogue going with the older generations, they can give us Gen-Y-ers a great perspective on the decisions we are making, as well as feeling informed about why we are making these choices. If they know the amount of pressure we feel to get a “good education” and the ambitions we seek, they can understand more about our feelings and confusions. They can put it into perspective by simply saying “work hard and make the best of everything you’re given”. – Angie

“If there is a generation gap, I don’t see it. I never did. I can talk to my parents about anything and they can do the same with me. They don’t see me as entitled just as I don’t see them as endless bags of money. We have an understanding and we are open with each other. There isn’t a divide, not by a long shot. Sure my parents didn’t have the internet when they were growing up but now they have iPhones. I didn’t have a sense of monetary value when I was young but I do now. We all learn from each other and as soon as everyone embraces the fact that different times breed different perspectives, I think we can mend the gap and really become something greater. I don’t see two sides. I see family.” – Chase

“I believe that young people need to step up and realize that even though our parents are telling us that we’re special, making it out there in the big kid world takes hard work, sweat and tears. Additionally, the Baby Boomers need to realize that not all of us are complaining. We’re not all sitting at home on our iPhone 5’s, eating Taco Bell and tweeting about our first world problems. Many of us are working our tails off to try and meet their expectations. I believe Gen Y and Z can learn a lot about work ethic from the Baby Boomers. In turn, I believe young people can become as successful as previous generations. But we will really need to prove to our elders that we are worthy of their respect by teaching each other how to kick butt in the real world.” – Emily

“Bridging the generational gap? That’s easy, the answer is simple – let go of what defines you alone and work for the betterment of everyone.” – Ben

And, our personal favorite:

“I spent a lot of time in my youth going to Greenfield Village with family and class trips. The best part for me was watching the seductive process of the glassblowers. I enjoyed seeing the material change and watching the craftspeople work together to create a beautiful object. Over a decade later, I’m halfway to gradation for my advertising degree. Realizing I was miserable, I dropped Ad to pursue Crafts. The change in focus led me to my current job which is being a glassblower at Greenfield Village. I used to be the little girl watching and feeling inspired. Now, I am on the other side of the fence serving as the inspiration. An older woman watching us at work one day sparked a conversation with me on how I got to this point. After I told her, she said this, “That’s just what I admire about this generation, they see something they love and then they become that very thing!” – Leslie