There's a story in Toasted Fiction: A Collection of Very Short Stories (That Nobody Asked For) that tells the tale of a teacher's struggles trying to inspire her pupils future ambitions....and failing.
That's too rich a well not to revisit. So here's part two. And if you want more like this or to read part one? There are a ton in the chapter from the book called The Overthinkers Guide (To Living & Loving In The 21st Century) which is available to buy now, link at the bottom of the page.
The Ambition Of Millenials Part 2
TEACHER STANDS AT THE FRONT OF THE CLASS.
TEACHER: So kids, today, I want to talk about the future.
KID 1: Like spaceships n that?
TEACHER: No, not spaceships n that. Your future.
KID 2: Can you predict our futures Miss?
TEACHER: No. No I can’t.
KID 1: Can you read palms Miss?
KID 2: Tarot cards?
KID 1: Teabags?
KID 2: It’s tea leaves.
KID 1: Whatever.
TEACHER: NO! I can do none of those things. Your future, your ambitions. Your jobs. What are your dreams for the future?
TEACHER IS LOST IN THE POETRY AND THE ROMANCE.
KID 1 PUTS UP THERE HAND.
TEACHER: Yes? You have a dream for the future?
KID 1: Aye Miss. I want to get one of those mad wee blue tick things on my twitter account to make me look like a mad celebrity.
TEACHER: That’s not really what I mea--yes?
KID 2 PUTS THEIR HANDS ARE UP NOW.
KID 2: I have a better one than that.
TEACHER: Good. It’s nice to hear some of you have proper ambitions and not just--
KID 2: I want to be on Celebrity Big Brother.
TEACHER’S FACE FALLS AND SHE PUTS HER HEAD ON THE DESK.