Everything is relative and the only thing certain is that nothing is certain and that change will happen…. but look at these ads referring to coffee from the early 30’s. Is there something we have forgotten about our students or should we all start drinking Postum?
Contrast that with the number of students entering your classroom or school each morning carrying a Grande coffee, gulping 5 hour energy, drinking a red bull or lugging a 20 oz Mountain Dew. The real question is where did they learn this behavior? I doubt that there are any schools that teach imbibing stimulants or replacing sleep with chemicals as a teaching method. Students who do this learned it at home as they do with most behaviors and brought it into the school. One of my original mentors once said, with a smile, that no matter how hard you try you ” won’t beat the home.” Over the years I have found that you can hold it down and at times modify it but in reality home is where the heart is and character and behaviors are most often set in the home not at school.
Oh… and what a simple better world it was when the vilified drug of choice for our students was Folgers or Butternut. and the villain was something other than the teacher.