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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS teaching staff features people of many ages and generations, from Baby Boomers to Generation X.  The latter is known as the middle child of generations. Born between the years of 1965 and 1981, the “Gen-X’ers” are expected to contribute 65.8 million people to the workforce by 2018.

Generation X has reasons for it being much smaller than its Baby Boomer counterpart, Generation X only lasts over the span of 16 years. This is compared to the other generations, which can last about 20 years.

Compared to the Baby Boomers this generation is more ethnically diverse and better educated. Over 60 percent of Generation X attended college.

LRHS English teacher and Gen-X’er Michael Wood said, “We were too late for Woodstock, we arrived just in time for bad 80s fashion and awkward pop music, but we tried to atone for it with the grunge era of the 90s, and after a brief Y2K panic we hit our stride.”

This generation is greatly independent, self-sufficient, and resourceful. This is credited to the fact women were joining the workforce in large quantiles during the time of the Xer’s birth.

In the workplace X’er’s hold management positions in all departments. They value freedom in the workplace and embrace a hands-off management philosophy. In their work, Gen-X’ers are able to obtain information through inconsistent and non-linear data.

LRHS art teacher Elizabeth Henry shared, “Generation X is most adaptable, things have changed so much during our lifetime.”

Generation X was born and raised in the time of postmodernism. Rostmodernism values multiple world-views based on subjective experiences and contingencies.  This generation was able to experience the modern culture from the beginning, compared to previous generations that lived in the past.

LRHS math teacher Cindy Lancaster said, “We didn’t have cell phones, finding information was a lot different. You had to your research, whether it be with an encyclopedia or searching at the library. My family had our own set of encyclopedias.”

After years of being overshadowed by the generations before and after them, Gen-X’ers are finally coming into the spotlight over the topic of personal finance. They’re worried about both their present and future.

Susan S. LaMotte, of Time wrote, “Generation X is bearing the burden of raising young children while also managing aging parents more so than ever before.”

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