Youth can learn from seniors
Regarding the article “Cary Students Connect with Students”, as a recently retired senior, I was amazed at the intelligence and passion that the students at Cary High School have shown. It is sad that in our culture, seniors are not given the same respect and reverence that they're given in other cultures.
In these cultures, seniors are admired for their knowledge and experience. Our society looks at seniors as just sick people who have nothing to offer. But there is so much to be learned from this forgotten part of our society. We have lived through so much that young people are completely out of touch with. These are lessons that cannot be found in history books.
In the article, Senior Correspondent creator Daniel Pryfogle says, “Older adults have passion and perspective that’s essential for the rest of us to hear.” In my community, called a retirement community for active adults, seniors here do everything from drivingmotorcycles to skydiving and shooting the rapids in kayaks. Their passion for life is unbelievable. I was completely amazed at the energy of these older folks who know infinitely more than even I do.
This Senior Correspondent program could be a wonderful inspiration for schools to start other journalism projects, such as exploring race relations and looking at the prejudices in our country. It may awaken people to their own hatreds and misconceptions. We must learn from our mistakes.