Teachers Are Sharing The Biggest Differences In Students In 2022 Vs. Years Ago, And Some Are Heartbreaking

Clearly times have changed - a lot. And teachers know this best. On Sunday, Reddit user u/ProfPacific asked, "Teachers, what changes have you noticed over time in the children you teach?"
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Well, I haven't been to school in ages, so I'm not saying these statements are 100% true. But I'll let the teachers say what they think. Here's what they said:
1. “I'm a counselor at a middle school. Over the past five years, I've found that kids know way too much about mental health and sometimes misapply it to themselves. So many of them misdiagnose themselves."
2. “Reduced attention span. Also, children are more pessimistic. There's so much access to what's going on in the world (which of course can be good) but you can tell when kids have read too much bad news. For example , I do an exercise every year where the children predict what they think will be invented in the next 100 years. They used to predict things like flying cars, space travel, curing cancer, etc. Now they predict nuclear weapons, weapons and biological warfare. You are 11."
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3. “I've noticed post-COVID social anxiety: students just don't socialize with people who aren't in their circle of friends. I've always had 'shy' students in the classroom, but a much larger number of students don't typically socialize with others now."
4. “I have taught technology/video journalism in middle school for the last 13 years. Children have become much less creative in terms of recording and editing videos. The TikTok/YouTube generation of the last 5+ years has led to more meaning and filming with little else. No creativity in terms of image composition, writing a screenplay, trying out cool editing techniques.
5. "Appearance. Kids these days, even more than usual, care so much about their looks. They seem to care more about how they look, what clothes they wear, what brands they wear, etc. than teenagers did when I started teaching."
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6. "The geek and nerd culture is becoming increasingly popular."
7. "The number of guys with midsections and baggy pants has gone through the roof."
8. “Parents are the ones who have changed the most. You used to talk to the parents about it when a kid was struggling, and the parents listened to your suggestions, guess you're a clueless idiot."
9. "Students don't restrain their speech at all in the presence of adults."
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10. "This is my 13th year as a college art teacher. I've had a lot of changes, but by far the biggest is a huge drop in creativity, work ethic, and exploration. There used to be a culture of "studio rats." ' who would be excited to try any technique they've recently learned and spend countless hours in the studios making all sorts of things. So? If someone's in the studio, you can bet they're glued to their phone. "
11. "I always have at least one kid who wants to be excused to do a TikTok in the hallway."
—u/gun shower
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12. “Over 20 years of public school teaching here. I've noticed that children want instant gratification/reward. When I first started teaching, students worked to advance in a subject. Now (I guess the internet is to blame) they see a virtuoso piece an instrument on TikTok, so they pick up a trumpet and expect to be Louis Armstrong. I keep telling my students, "It takes years of work and thousands of hours to get to this level." The same applies to sports. Little Johnny or Susie is 12 years old and not trained, but they expect to be the next Tom Brady or Serena Williams."
13. "Ok, I'm the antagonist here. I've been teaching high school for 22 years now - and I'm NOT seeing the declining behavior or attention span trends that other people are complaining about. Obviously, teenagers are pretty glued to their electronics now, but I haven't seen any significant changes in their intellect, processing capacity, or attention span.
And finally a positive conclusion:
14. "Less sexism, racism and homophobia. Children are more open and willing to take action for their mental health as well. Also, students are open to discussing enthusiastic approvals and teasing each other — really, they call each other out for bad behavior too, but they're quick to forgive."
—u/paper saving101
Teacher, did you miss any?! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Answers edited for length/clarity.

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