By Paul Losch
About this blog: I was a "corporate brat" growing up and lived in different parts of the country, ending in Houston, Texas for high school. After attending college at UC Davis, and getting an MBA at Harvard, I embarked on a marketing career, mai... (More)
About this blog: I was a "corporate brat" growing up and lived in different parts of the country, ending in Houston, Texas for high school. After attending college at UC Davis, and getting an MBA at Harvard, I embarked on a marketing career, mainly in the Bay Area with different companies. My former wife went back to medical school after we had been married a few years, and we moved into married student housing at Stanford, had our two now adult children while she was a medical student, and moved into Palo Alto when she started her Residency. Been here ever since. As my kids were going through the Palo Alto schools, I was actively involved in their activities, most notably head umpire for Palo Alto Little League and 9 years as a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, among other activities. My kids both are grown, my son teaches 5th grade locally, and my daughter, fluent in Mandarin, is working in China. I sold the business I owned and ran for 8 years in 2012, worked on the Obama campaign, and am consulting for non-profit organizations, which gives me a nice, flexible schedule. Lots of stamps in my passport, and for fun, I like live performances &emdash; theater and music - and of course the Giants! (Hide)
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Generations and Public Affairs
Uploaded: Jan 23, 2011
I am an NPR (National Public Radio) junkie. I also am a PA Online junkie, but the two have different missions.
My son and daughter are at their early adulthood years. Both profess to not follow the "News," and my son has told me he will not listen to KQED-FM (radio station that does a ton of stuff from NPR) because it was all he heard growing up in my household. (Due to me.)
My daughter, presently in China as a Junior year abroad college student, told me in an e-mail that she does not follow the News. Her response was from an e-mail I sent her about the horrible flooding in Queensland, Australia, which is a place she and I spent time when she was in middle school.
I don't think I am alone in my experiences with my kids. And it bothers me.
They present lack of interest and awareness in stuff that has an impact on their lives. Who do you vote for? How do you engage with issues and propositions?
Some of this may be that the way people in that cohort get their information in a different way. Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and Google are obvious examples. But the medium is less important than how it is used, what content is developed and sought? Posting on a Facebook wall about a personal activity is not the same as reading the NYT Op/Ed on line.
What has me concerned is that my 2 kids, educated in Palo Alto and going to good colleges, exemplify their cohort. They had great educations, and are indifferent to matters of society.
What do you think/feel?
Rule of engagement on this post--this is not about me or how I raised my kids, who both are fine people. Ad hominem critiques on my child rearing experience is not the issue, so don't post on this blog unless you have some ideas about this new generation and how they get informed.
What is it worth to you?
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