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  • Perhaps it was the generation in which I was raised, but my value system included the belief that if you worked hard, were loyal, and always tried improving, you would be rewarded for a job well done.

    In this generation, I am afraid that is no longer the truth.

    My sister, Dana, who gave her entire life to educating children, who genuinely loved watching her students learn and learning from them, was of the same belief regarding her work ethic. While teaching, she went on to get her Masters Degree, and still devoted her skills to the same, ever shrinking, school district that she had once attended as a student.

    After these many years, she, as well as four other teachers with tenure and having the longest careers in the school district, were pink slipped...so that the district could save money by hiring newly graduated teachers.

    I have heard of many such stories in the Midwest, where I live; from manufacturing jobs, to corporate jobs, it touches all business factions. The longer you dedicate yourself to one company, the more continuing education and experience you bring to the table, the more likely it is that you will be "let go" because you are just too expensive to keep; especially before you get to retirement.

    So...what does this say to the workers of this generation? I guess...be a rolling stone, and gather no moss, or you may be crushed for gravel. I think that is sad; but I am old.
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