Saturday, January 19, 2008

Generation Hexed

An interesting article on the Hungarian website hvg.eu dealing with the issues of the generation born in 1989, the infamous year of the fall of the Berlin wall and of the anti-communist revolutions in Eastern Europe. In spite of it's relatively messy presentation and some contradictory assertions (like "they spend more time in education" vs. "they come to us with average grades, and most aren't even interested in getting better grades in their final exams" - ok, I see who "they" are in the latter statement, it's unclear who are "they" in the first one), the article draws a rather accurate picture of the generation born in Hungary at the turn of the tide in 1989. The most interesting part is that the same conclusions about this generation can be drawn when referring to the ex-communist neighboring country, Romania.