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Old 12-18-2018, 11:14 PM
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As a retired teacher, sometimes I like to talk to kids, especially when I travel. Last week I went through the drive in at McDonalds. A young lady, around 20 was working the window. Directly in front of me at the edge of the parking lot was a flag, flying at half staff.

I asked the young lady "Why is the flag flying at half staff?" Of course I knew, but I was curious to see what she'd say. She said she didn't know why, and in fact she said she didn't know there was a flag. "I'll ask the manager, she said." I told her that it was for the deceased President Bush. She said, "Really? I didn't know."

Huh?

It's amazing what is important to some young people. I love kids, but I'd like to see them appreciate their history. I believe that the smartest kids are as smart as kids have ever been. On the other end of the spectrum I'm not so sure.
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I'm not sure it has anything to do with the times. I excelled at math and engineering. Hated history and had no appreciation for it. I would have been more concerned about her getting my food order correct.
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Why was the manager involved? You may of created bad employee in eyes of the management. All for what? So, she didn’t know at least she working And trying. I agree with retired guy more interested in my food at drive through than chitchat. As an older male you better be careful talking younger strangers in this day and age.
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It is sad so many are clueless about what happens in the world.
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:25 AM
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As a retired teacher, sometimes I like to talk to kids, especially when I travel. Last week I went through the drive in at McDonalds. A young lady, around 20 was working the window. Directly in front of me at the edge of the parking lot was a flag, flying at half staff.

I asked the young lady "Why is the flag flying at half staff?" Of course I knew, but I was curious to see what she'd say. She said she didn't know why, and in fact she said she didn't know there was a flag. "I'll ask the manager, she said." I told her that it was for the deceased President Bush. She said, "Really? I didn't know."

Huh?

It's amazing what is important to some young people. I love kids, but I'd like to see them appreciate their history. I believe that the smartest kids are as smart as kids have ever been. On the other end of the spectrum I'm not so sure.
We are not all born with the same ability to absorb information but we are all born valuable.

I taught for decades and wouldn't have asked a kid at McDonalds an academic question. Not because I think kids who work at McDonalds are dumb, it just seems inappropriate. Both our girls worked at McDonalds

I am sure you were just making conversation and enjoy young people. Please don't be disappointed, further conversation might have revealed she was very aware of other valuable and pertinent information, and maybe not. .
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:32 AM
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As a retired teacher, sometimes I like to talk to kids, especially when I travel. Last week I went through the drive in at McDonalds. A young lady, around 20 was working the window. Directly in front of me at the edge of the parking lot was a flag, flying at half staff.



I asked the young lady "Why is the flag flying at half staff?" Of course I knew, but I was curious to see what she'd say. She said she didn't know why, and in fact she said she didn't know there was a flag. "I'll ask the manager, she said." I told her that it was for the deceased President Bush. She said, "Really? I didn't know."



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It's amazing what is important to some young people. I love kids, but I'd like to see them appreciate their history. I believe that the smartest kids are as smart as kids have ever been. On the other end of the spectrum I'm not so sure.
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I'm not sure it has anything to do with the times. I excelled at math and engineering. Hated history and had no appreciation for it. I would have been more concerned about her getting my food order correct.
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Why was the manager involved? You may of created bad employee in eyes of the management. All for what? So, she didn’t know at least she working And trying. I agree with retired guy more interested in my food at drive through than chitchat. As an older male you better be careful talking younger strangers in this day and age.
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A Judge Smails, played by Ted Knight, once said, "Well, the world needs ditch diggers too."
So true. I started my career in the employment agency business. I remember being enthused and telling my boss "I have a great candidate". He asked what makes her great and I said "college grad, top marks in school, bright, articulate, attractive - definitely someone with a future". He said "so set her up on some interviews". When I said I couldn't because the open jobs I had were beneath her level - he wisely said: "Well then she is not a great candidate -- the "great candidate" is the one for whom you have a job. Remember there are A jobs for A candidates, B jobs for B candidates and C jobs for C candidates." Your job is to make sure you make the right match. If you only have a C job, the A applicant is no longer great -- it will be the C candidate that will be your best.

A really wise boss, I learned so much from that man on so many levels. And I went on to earn a boatload of money in commissions.
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I was thinking the same about these responses... and some may wonder why postings are down or people may be 'shy' to share their thoughts....
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As a retired teacher, sometimes I like to talk to kids, especially when I travel. Last week I went through the drive in at McDonalds. A young lady, around 20 was working the window. Directly in front of me at the edge of the parking lot was a flag, flying at half staff.

I asked the young lady "Why is the flag flying at half staff?" Of course I knew, but I was curious to see what she'd say. She said she didn't know why, and in fact she said she didn't know there was a flag. "I'll ask the manager, she said." I told her that it was for the deceased President Bush. She said, "Really? I didn't know."

Huh?

It's amazing what is important to some young people. I love kids, but I'd like to see them appreciate their history. I believe that the smartest kids are as smart as kids have ever been. On the other end of the spectrum I'm not so sure.
Hasty generalization. You are assuming her ignorance is due to her millenial status.
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:16 AM
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As a retired teacher, sometimes I like to talk to kids, especially when I travel. Last week I went through the drive in at McDonalds. A young lady, around 20 was working the window. Directly in front of me at the edge of the parking lot was a flag, flying at half staff.

I asked the young lady "Why is the flag flying at half staff?" Of course I knew, but I was curious to see what she'd say. She said she didn't know why, and in fact she said she didn't know there was a flag. "I'll ask the manager, she said." I told her that it was for the deceased President Bush. She said, "Really? I didn't know."

Huh?

It's amazing what is important to some young people. I love kids, but I'd like to see them appreciate their history. I believe that the smartest kids are as smart as kids have ever been. On the other end of the spectrum I'm not so sure.
What you are reporting is the FAILURE of our education system.

Our education system spends more per student than any other in the world yet, last time I looked we are about 23rd in terms of success.

As to the lady in Mcdonalds. As suggested by others-she was trying to get you out of there so she could handle the next customer WAITING in line.

Far as history. History as taught, as indoctrinated in school, is first of all boring and secondly POLITICALLY CORRECTED-far removed from reality.
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As a retired teacher, sometimes I like to talk to kids, especially when I travel. Last week I went through the drive in at McDonalds. A young lady, around 20 was working the window. Directly in front of me at the edge of the parking lot was a flag, flying at half staff.

I asked the young lady "Why is the flag flying at half staff?" Of course I knew, but I was curious to see what she'd say. She said she didn't know why, and in fact she said she didn't know there was a flag. "I'll ask the manager, she said." I told her that it was for the deceased President Bush. She said, "Really? I didn't know."

Huh?

It's amazing what is important to some young people. I love kids, but I'd like to see them appreciate their history. I believe that the smartest kids are as smart as kids have ever been. On the other end of the spectrum I'm not so sure.
The sad thing is how inappropriate this was.
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:38 AM
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I give her Brownie points for caring enough to ask and answer. It shows a level of curiosity and openness to learning, plus good customer service. So, I’d put her above the curve rather than below. But I do question your motives in asking if you already knew the answer.
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Good grief, the abuse a man gets for making a comment! Once a teacher, always a teacher. And having a quick conversation with a teen through a window about an innocent subject is not a "no-no" yet. She even learned something. Maybe she appreciated that someone actually took a minute to treat her like a person, not a hand-out-my-food-quick machine? Wow, the line was held up for all of a minute or so. People love to criticize. Now you can criticize me instead - because frankly my dear.....
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