A teacher took to TikTok to say that "kids are 100 percent different" this school year.
If you have kids, then their behavior as of late probably isn't anything new to you. And one teacher on TikTok, whose username is @butterpunkk, and whose real name is Layla, shared just how strange kids are these days. Particularly in the 2023 school year. She shared a TikTok where she goes into detail about the change she has seen in her students recently in regards to their behavior.
Layla took to TikTok to share the conversation she had with a colleague.
She explains that the kids are "100 percent different this year" and even shares a story from a fellow teacher with decades in her field who is at a loss with her own students. Personally, I think that widespread behavior issues ebb and flow where kids are concerned. But teachers are feeling a shift right now.
Layla says kids are acting out in a way that she doesn't usually see until further into the school year.
In her TikTok, Layla says that her 2023 class is already acting out in a way that she doesn't usually see until further into the school year. She explains that she is accustomed to students essentially being on their best behavior as they get acclimated to a new school year and new class. But, it's less than a month into the school year, and Layla sees kids acting out already, which prompts her to note that the "kids are not the same" right now.
Kids are usually shy at the start of the school year, before they come out of their shell.
"I saw another teacher from another school across the street from our school walking to her car this afternoon and she looked like she could barely walk to her car," Layla says in her video. "And I was like, 'we're almost to Thanksgiving,' like you know, trying to be friendly. And she just unloaded on me."
Another teacher at the same school agreed.
Layla says the other teacher has been teaching for 34 years but told Layla she has "never had it this hard." And this is in reference to the behavior teachers are seeing from kids.
Layla also explains how students this year are much more comfortable right off the bat.
Layla also explains how students this year are much more comfortable right off the bat. So comfortable that they are all unafraid to act out in class when they should be paying attention while using recorders for music. And it's a deviation that Layla hasn't seen in her 10 years as a teacher.
I never thought I would be on the phone with the principal less than a month into the school year.
As a mom myself, I can attest to some surprising and bold behavior from other kids toward my own, the likes of which I hadn't seen before this particular school year. Let's just say I never thought I would be on the phone with the principal less than a month into the school year.
There could be several reasons for kids' behavior.
According to the comments under Layla's video, there are a few different reasons that may explain why kids are different this school year. Some people blame the COVID-19 pandemic, which occurred when many of these kids were a tad younger.
Some commenters blamed the structure of classes.
As a result, the pandemic eased up as these elementary-aged and middle school-aged kids were old enough to understand it. One person commented, "As a recent graduate, everything just felt like it mattered less after Covid. Like nothing was worth it."
Others blamed the structure of schools.
Another user shared, "As a former children's entertainer, the kids post-pandemic are soooo different. That's why I'm no longer working with them."
Others defended kids
"Kids aren’t some cute thing/object you train to just blindly do whatever you want," one user commented. "They’re people too and maybe schools aren’t adjusting to keep up."
Others blamed their parents.
"It’s not the phones, it’s the ghost parenting," one user wrote. "So many people think I send them to school, I feed them, I give them bed, done. But no there’s so much."
Others spoke from experience.
"Every teacher I know is saying the same sentence just different words," one user wrote. "'These kids are different' and that's terrifying to hear repeatedly."
Technology also shared some of the blame.
"I can’t help but wonder if screen time is affecting everyone’s attention span and comprehension, one user wrote. "I know it has affected me as an adult."
Some blamed parents working from home.
"Parents are having to work now more than ever," a commenter proposed. "This affects the home, the kids, the teachers, etc. My 6 yr old told me life is stressful."
What do you think?
And maybe this generation of kids is unafraid to break out of that mold. There seems to be no definitive right or wrong answer. But many are in agreement that kids these days (at the risk of sounding much older than I am) are just different.