I thought I felt old when I realized a few years ago that my students who were graduating were young enough to be my children. I thought I was old when the oldies station started playing songs I thought were cool. I thought I was old when I realized that the 80s were thirty years ago. But I was wrong; today marks the day where I officially feel old.
One of my students came to me in a panic today because progress reports go out tomorrow and he was not done with an assignment for English. They are learning to write a research paper so he had his topic, had his sub categories and needed to gather sources and gather information and note where it all came from for the bibliography. He had no sources yet and it was due …. you guessed it … today. When I asked him why he had nothing he told me he only had one day to go to the library and the computers were all taken. So he couldn’t use the Internet.
What about a book
He looked in a book.
Why didn’t he write that as a source?
It only had a little information on his topic.
So why not use it as one of the source?
It was a book.
Yes, a book is a source.
But it’s not a website.
(Here is why I feel very, very old today)
I asked him, in a very calm and rational voice what he thought we used as sources for our research papers before the Internet.
He responded, with all sincerity and wonder, “You wrote research papers back then?”
I officially feel old.