Graeme Taylor Makes Us Wonder: Why So Many Awesome 14-Year-Olds?

OK, so Tavi Gevinson, the 14-year-old stylist/designer/magazine developer/famous person makes you feel a little bit unaccomplished, right? It’s cool — you can tell us. This is a safe space.

Well, over the weekend, yet another 14-year-old schooled the adult world on how to be inspiring and outspoken. Openly gay Graeme Taylor spoke out against his Michigan high school’s decision to suspend a teacher who booted two kids from class on Spirit Day — a day that was supposed to allow kids to demonstrate their tolerance of one another. One of the kids booted by teacher Jay McDowell made outright homophobic remarks, and another was wearing a Confederate flag belt buckle.

Over at Salon, writer Mary Elizabeth Williams points out that the incredible speed with which the video went viral is is a good reminder that these days, anything you say in any public forum has the potential to be heard the world over.

And I would add, it’s also a good reminder that we seem to be in the midst of a plethora of awesome 14-year-olds. What does it mean? Should we be gearing up for the rise of the Awesome Generation? Are kids becoming more aware of their own power as human beings because they’re so comfortable with always having a public platform right at their fingertips?

I suppose only time will tell…in the meantime, here’s the video of Taylor…

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