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Raging apathy 

Students a generation ago were a major force for change in the civil rights movement, opposition to the Vietnam War, and environmental issues. How does that differ from the passions and pastimes of students in 2006?
click to enlarge Tracey Anderson -  - Downtown -  - Coffee shop owner -  - Characterize today's students.  Apathetic. They - spend way too much time in fantasy worlds, playing - video games and watching TV. They're indoors too much, - usually seated or prone. -  - Are today's students more idealistic or materialistic? - Everyone wants to conform to some style or other, - to pull off a certain look. But teenagers have always been - concerned about themselves most  their social status - and popularity  and it'll probably always be that way. -  - Would you rather be a student back in your day, or - now? Back in myday, without a doubt. Today's - students have to grow up faster than we did; violence is - more prevalent, with metal detectors, cops on campus. -  - How would you do on the CSAPs? I'm not sure, - but schools focus on CSAPs too much. They're losing - sight of just plain teaching.
  • Tracey Anderson

    Downtown

    Coffee shop owner

    Characterize today's students. Apathetic. They spend way too much time in fantasy worlds, playing video games and watching TV. They're indoors too much, usually seated or prone.

    Are today's students more idealistic or materialistic? Everyone wants to conform to some style or other, to pull off a certain look. But teenagers have always been concerned about themselves most their social status and popularity and it'll probably always be that way.

    Would you rather be a student back in your day, or now? Back in myday, without a doubt. Today's students have to grow up faster than we did; violence is more prevalent, with metal detectors, cops on campus.

    How would you do on the CSAPs? I'm not sure, but schools focus on CSAPs too much. They're losing sight of just plain teaching.

click to enlarge Paul Church -  - South -  - Fort Carson bus driver -  - Characterizetoday's students' political awareness. - They're cluelessabout what's going - on. When I was a student, we listened to the news, read - up on things, thought about them, delved deeper. Kids - today are spoon-fed and dumbed-down. They're - oblivious. -  - Whatdo today's students have to be concerned - about? The Bush administration taking their rights - away, immigration, the war, America's loss of credibility - throughout the world. -  - Is the student of todayidealistic or materialistic? -  They're into Xbox games, the latest - clothes, and don't have one clue about anything else. -  - Was it better being a student in your day? - Absolutely. We were more aware, socially conscious - and active, andthat was fun.
  • Paul Church

    South

    Fort Carson bus driver

    Characterizetoday's students' political awareness. They're cluelessabout what's going on. When I was a student, we listened to the news, read up on things, thought about them, delved deeper. Kids today are spoon-fed and dumbed-down. They're oblivious.

    Whatdo today's students have to be concerned about? The Bush administration taking their rights away, immigration, the war, America's loss of credibility throughout the world.

    Is the student of todayidealistic or materialistic? They're into Xbox games, the latest clothes, and don't have one clue about anything else.

    Was it better being a student in your day? Absolutely. We were more aware, socially conscious and active, andthat was fun.

click to enlarge Callie Wilburn -  - West side -  - Graphic designer -  - Characterize today's students. Not in touch - with issues. They don't seek information. They rely on - the TV and the radio to give them information. -  - Do today's youth lean more towards idealism or - materialism? They're bombarded with materialistic - stuff, and they're jaded about idealism and what could - be. -  - Would you rather be a student today, or back when - you were one? I'd like to be a student back in the - '60s. Education now is politically correct. Students can't - be honest about the material they learn.
  • Callie Wilburn

    West side

    Graphic designer

    Characterize today's students. Not in touch with issues. They don't seek information. They rely on the TV and the radio to give them information.

    Do today's youth lean more towards idealism or materialism? They're bombarded with materialistic stuff, and they're jaded about idealism and what could be.

    Would you rather be a student today, or back when you were one? I'd like to be a student back in the '60s. Education now is politically correct. Students can't be honest about the material they learn.

click to enlarge Richard Knapp -  - North End -  - Unemployed network designer -  - Characterize today's student. Self-indulged - and over-stimulated,bombarded by nonstop music, - iPods, cell phones, marketing and TV. There'sno - individuality. -  - What should concern today's students?The - environment and the economy. Having a future. -  - Are today's students materialistic or idealistic? - They think the purpose of life is to gratify desire. -  - Would you rather be a student now, or back in your - day? Students in my dayhad more time to - discover themselves,not just be programmed by - marketing strategies and the needs of the government.
  • Richard Knapp

    North End

    Unemployed network designer

    Characterize today's student. Self-indulged and over-stimulated,bombarded by nonstop music, iPods, cell phones, marketing and TV. There'sno individuality.

    What should concern today's students?The environment and the economy. Having a future.

    Are today's students materialistic or idealistic? They think the purpose of life is to gratify desire.

    Would you rather be a student now, or back in your day? Students in my dayhad more time to discover themselves,not just be programmed by marketing strategies and the needs of the government.

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