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Jerry Beaudoin, Primary school teacher June 2, 2012
I’m truly astonished every time, after more than a hundred days of student outcry, that I’m still reading such spiteful and condescending clichés about students in comments on various social networks.
Sometimes, they’re called tyrant children; other times, it’s said they’re working the system. These deeply flawed arguments made by some show that, most of the time, this debate is more emotional than rational. In fact, briefly comparing the situation of today’s youth with that of their predecessors illustrates how completely unfounded some of these claims are. Whereas their parents, who benefited from education that was practically free and had access to free public services, are fighting passionately for lower taxes and hope for a gilded retirement paid for by generations to come, today’s students see imposed on them, blow by blow: higher tuition fees, rising prices, that they will have to retire later, that they’ll probably have to meekly accept fees for certain public services, and that they alone will have to pay the debt that their predecessors have bequeathed them. And we dare call them tyrant children? Spoiled babies? Really?