The generation gap
The WSS interviewed West High teachers and a student about their thoughts on growing up in their generation.
The Center for Generational Kinetics defines a generation as “a group of people born around the same time and raised around the same place” who “exhibit similar characteristics, preferences, and values over their lifetimes.” They describe baby boomers as those born from 1946 to 1964, members of Generation X as those born from 1965 to 1976, Millennials as those born from 1977 to 1995 and members of Generation Z as those born after 1995. Scroll through to read about the events, trends and opportunities that contributed to individuals from each generations’ upbringings and how they view members of other generations. Science teacher and baby boomer Doug Herman’s responses are orange, Social studies teacher and Generation X-er Neil Davis’ responses are blue, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Jana Sadewasser’s responses are red and freshman and Generation Z-er Ken Wilbur’s responses are green.