Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Ageism isn't a new issue; it is a long-standing issue. But it seems now, during the pandemic, for some, their expression of ageism seems more overt and more pointed, although not directed at a specific person. Consider the following:
Dozens rally at TN capitol, call for Gov. Lee to re-open state immediately (click on the link to see the photo of the sign).
There's a recently released study, Aging in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Avoiding Ageism and Fostering Intergenerational Solidarity, in which the authors conclude :"[I]n this editorial we have been concerned with the effects of the COVID19 public discourse on the lives of older adults, and the solidarity between generations. We believe that behavioral scientists have a responsibility to participate in the current public discourse to correct misperceptions, over-generalizations, and ethically questionable suggestions."
Now consider this
This is where I should talk about the teaching moments this has provided for us, and I know I will cover this is my classes. For now, with each of those stories highlighting cases of ageism, I alternate between appalled and sad.