In Virtue/Vice, Dr. Christine B. Whelan blogs about news, books, scientific and psychological research and her general musings about virtue and vice in our everyday lives.
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Millennials Aren’t All Navel-Gazing Narcissists: I Have Proof!
It’s the end of a semester-long course on Social Change at the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout the course, students mentioned the volunteer and social action groups that they were leading or participating in. So I gave them an opportunity to tell the class about their work.
It was inspiring.
We think American young-adults are too busy texting about the minutia of their lives to care about others? Yes, many are. But there are others that are making a difference:
- A young woman helping food service employees push for better working conditions
- A young man spear-heading a community service month for his classmates to help in their own town
- A young woman gathering college students to mentor kids at a local public school
- A young man creating interracial dialogue by recruiting membership in an “intercultural house”
- A young man encouraging his classmates to register to vote for crucial midterm elections
And the list goes on.
These are the times when it’s a joy to teach.