Dr. Spencer Overton (George Washington University Law School) is currently researching generational differences and poses the question, Are Baby Boomer Profs Better than Gen X Profs?
He quotes NAS Recruitment Communications as reporting:
“Generation Y is expected to get along better with the Baby Boomers than those belonging to Generation X. . . . Generation X thinks that the Yers do not want to perform menial tasks and entry-level positions. The feeling of ‘I had to work to get there, why don't they?’ is one of the major obstacles between members of Generation X and Y.”
As he notes, "Conventional wisdom has it that students (Gen Y) relate more easily to younger professors (Gen X)—but the statement above seems to suggest that older Baby Boomer professors may have an edge."
What is your opinion on this? Do Baby Boomer profs relate better to this current crop of Gen Y students? Should we adapt our teaching styles to the generations that we find in our classrooms?