Through out human history, a person’s social identities have mattered; in some cultures more than others. What tribe(s) do you belong to? What are your assigned/expected roles in the tribe(s)? Where are you on the hierarchy of social influence? These were all questions that was woven into the fabric or most cultures studied over the years by anthropologists. Most of these identities were not a topic of conversation, not because they were not valued, but because in most cases they weren’t considered a topic of conversation. They were unnoticed. This is far from the case with Gen Alpha.
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In 2001, the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law. The essential intention of the legislation was to hold public schools, school districts, and teachers accountable for teaching students the math and literacy skills expected for their grade level. Short hand it was referred to “back to the basics.” With that, schools that were often neglected of resources were give money through grants awarded to their school district to create use new curricula and intervention programs to support children who were multiple levels below grade expectations for math and literacy. It was around this time that I began working in public schools, first as a tutor and later as a research assistant. Schools that previously had arts classes for every child were now shifting their focus for many children away from anything that wasn’t reading or writing. The intention was to better develop the academic skills and knowledge seen as essential to future life success. The focus for the Millenials was traditional intelligence or what is commonly known as IQ.
As the years passed and