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Dana Wohlwend

I have been in education for the last seven years. I am getting older but the attitudes have changed even in that short of time. We are not only working with a technically saavy population of young people, we are working with a generation of entitlement. In a culture of overabundance, people are now assuming that all of their wants and needs should be met on their terms. It makes for a more critical student. But, it also allows for the opportunity to provide them with training on their terms: on-line classes, chat rooms, and other formats. However, not everything can be presented in this manner. Being on time is about respect of others - something that I see lacks in our culture. I am not picking on just young students here. I find it in all ages. I don't think we can legislate respect but we should be able to expect it in the classroom.


As someone who used to train hourly employees in a classroom environment (yes, they still exist), I find showing up on time a useful job skill that not everyone is taught. And when there are other people dependent upon you being where you're supposed to at the time you're supposed to, showing up on time is an issue (these employees were being trained for a call center environment, and they had to be on the phone at specific times). Is this being taught as part of a basic job skills package? If so, then it is valuable. Not everyone in the US has the luxury of telecommuting or working a flexible schedule.

Next time you're waiting for your perpetually late friend to show up somewhere, think of whether you really believe that punctuality is an obsolete value.

Chris Budden

It would seem that the point of having students arrive on time is to reduce interruption of classes and to ensure students understand that when they enter the workforce, a goal for most graduates, they will understand the importance of being to work on time. Though online classes and activities may not require individuals to be on time, most of the business world is still requires employees to be in the workplace as scheduled. I understand there is a difference between generations but educators should be reinforcing good work habits.

Terry Newman

Suzanne-Excellent point. I hadn't thought about it in that way. Thank you.


I think your example actually proves Bill's point. If students only had to show up for the occassional high-impact conference with lots of good information, I bet they'd show up on time. And if we had to show up for Lern activities day in and day out whether or not they had something useful to share with us, I bet many of us would start "cutting classes."

Terry Newman

I'm a little confused about showing up on time being an old fashioned value. I've attended many LERN conferences and activities and your leaders not only show up on time but are always early. I'm not sure how this translates to real life. I guess I need a little more clarification.

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