A lot's changed since 2000, especially for students.
Twenty years ago, it was rare for a middle-schooler to have a cell phone. Nowadays, it's pretty much normal.
And it's not just technology. Even what we teach kids in school has changed. For instance, did you know cursive writing is now a rarity in the classroom?
In light of these changes, teachers are answering a question on Reddit: what's the difference between students in 2000, 2010 and 2020?
Teacher here. [...] h/t to some unknown user, as this response is not originally mine.
2000: "Please stop passing notes."
2010: "Please stop texting."
2020: "Seriously? You're streaming Netflix right now?" - Daveb138
The biggest difference I've seen is that as the years progress, students become in general more tolerant/accepting, less violent, and more hooked into their phones.
Also, kids are hyper-aware of fashionable trends and personal image/grooming, to the point that I'm left wondering if teenage "awkward" years even exist anymore. - failing_forwards