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This work also appears in the Gold Medal Classroom online magazine by the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education Cafe (CAFE).


If you haven’t noticed yet, our incoming freshmen are no longer experiencing the same K12 that most of us probably did. They are digital natives, a generation fostered in a world that is dominated by technology. They subsist perpetually coupled to a digital persona manifested by I-Phones, cell phones and Blackberries. Each is making an unspoken statement, one that we all should be listening too. As the parent of a sixteen year old high school sophomore I’ve seen firsthand how our lives are so different, and despite my best efforts to remain cool and hip, I just can’t keep up. At sometime we have to admit that we are different, very different! Though I hear dissention in the ranks, those readers dismissing my writing as the mere meanderings of a scorned parent and teacher consider the following.

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