Tired of old people, older people, being ignored in the drive to the future. Those of us over 50 have a whole lot to give to our culture and the world. All this focus on K-12, all the rhetoric breathed and theory advanced, well and good, but any society that fails to provide accessible opportunities for continual skills development and general knowledge acquisition to all her citizens is a society doomed to fail shortly. Wasting human capital is a moral and practical failing of our corporate capitalist materialist consumerist economy. The effects can be observed from slavery to the current day, just different demographics are involved.
We need a paradigm shift when examining the stages of adult life considering some trends in increasing longevity. Many of us over 50 are healthy, clothed in our right minds, and eager to share and savor life, using our skills and insights in concert with others to accomplish goals and improve our world for ourselves and the coming generations.
Why does our culture persist in denying older people a right to expect anything other than marginalization? We, the older, need to speak up and get ours, too.