Snowflakes

‘The assertions left me feeling uncomfortable’

I don’t generally like to say that all millenials are snowflakes, because (a) I know some that are not, and (b) it doesn’t help in getting young people on your side to tar all of them with the same brush.

So when the Head of Gresham’s School attacked millenials for being snowflakes, I was somewhat sympathetic to this reply:

Rebecca Lawrence, who attended Gresham’s between 2007 and 2011, before Mr Robb was head teacher, hit back in an article on the blogging site Medium.

She said: ‘Negative stereotypes of millennials are two a penny and you don’t have to look far to find the source.

It’s disheartening for anyone to hear, whether it’s their head teacher or one they’re linked with.

I feel like he’s in a Gresham’s bubble, maybe children at his school are privileged and so are more entitled but he shouldn’t generalise our generation from a few’.

Ms Lawrence, 23, added: ‘It was quite personal to me, as growing up I had a lot of jobs in restaurants and cafes to finance unpaid internships.’

But the fact that not all millenials are snowflakes does not entails that none are. It doesn’t even entail that it’s false that most are snowflakes. And when some of them say things like the following, you have to think that there’s some truth in the claim:

former students were offended by his generalisations, with one penning in reply: ‘These assertions left me feeling uncomfortable.’

Either this ex-student was taking the piss, or he or she has come straight from central casting. And this next guy uses the old brush-off response that’s replaced empirical investigation in the matter of whether exams have become dumbed-down:

Phil Right said ‘Every generation thinks the next one is ‘spoilt, molly-coddled and entitled’.

The generation before the baby-boomers thought that of the baby boomers. And who would deny that they were right about them?

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