As we all know, time appears to be relative. In our lives there are situations when a minute can feel like an hour and yet there are other times when hours seem like mere minutes. As a school community the relativity of time is made real to us each year. The school year itself is long with so much to do and filled with many activities. Yet at this time of year, it feels like just a blink of an eye since we had our first day of school back in August.
For those of us who are a little bit older, time seems to be speeding up. It starts to surprise us how old we are getting and how long it’s been since we were in school. What we don’t realize is how much has changed since we were in school and how different the lives of our students are today. For example, look at the following descriptions for this year’s graduating class of 2017:
- Because they have lived in the digital age few of them write in cursive.
- Email has become too slow and few of them use it anymore.
- Some will not understand that pointing to your wrist is a way of asking the time.
- They might not understand you when you say “roll down the window.”
- With GPS, they have never needed directions to get some place, just an address.
- Waiting for a picture to be developed is something they have never done.
- Their favorite feature films have always been largely computer generated.
- Having a chat often does not involve any talking.
- A tablet is no longer something you take in the morning.
- Amazon has never been just a river in South America.
As we head into the last week, we will be involved in a number of activities to celebrate the achievements of the senior class. The celebrations will culminate with Commencement on Friday night. The class of 2017 has led well this year and we will miss them. However, we are excited to see them finish their time with us and move on to the next exciting stage of their lives.