I am troubled, too, by the shrinking attention spans young people have today. This problem is often exacerbated by a touch of rudeness. Today, after a "multi-media" class with film accompanying the lecture, a student had found one of the poems mentioned in the lecture. He was going to read a bit of it . . . that showed a lot of initiative, I thought. The entire time he was reading, however, they were all packing up their books to go. The only exception was James Martin (our youngest son) who sat listening.
These are not bad students or students that are rude beyond how their generation usually acts. I was just a little surprised. I have had some heart-to -hearts with them this semester, and I don't think anything I have said or done has really changed their ability to see themselves.
Oh well . . .
I am grateful for them and the fact that I have this position.