Does the perfect high school exist? Is there a school out there in which the students are all nice and responsible, every teacher enforces learning on the classroom, and the school system always makes wise decisions? No, probably not. At least, not any school I have ever heard of. There are multiple problems affecting high schools today, usually being either issues personally affecting an individual student, or issues affecting the whole school. Some examples of these problems may be: bullying, dropping out, not studying or doing homework, getting pregnant, not being taught to a full extent, financial issues, and etcetera. Like most problems, there is always a solution that we could benefit from.
One of the most major issues hurting high schools today has to do with students being lazy. Teens go to school for the majority of their day, which is typically seven hours. Once they finally get home, it is safe to assume that the last thing on students’ minds is homework. They think “I have been at school allllll day! This is my time to relax; I do not want to do school work anymore!” So instead, they choose to sit down and watch Jersey Shore or log onto their Facebook accounts. In “The Liberal Arts in an Age of Info-Glut” by Todd Gitlin, he talks about comedy writer Larry Gelbart referring to media as “weapons of mass distraction.” If you think about it, this is pretty accurate. Televisions, the internet, etc are nothing but examples of distraction. Most teenagers are not responsible enough to think “I cannot watch TV right now, I have to study,” so they usually spend the rest of their night watching TV, causing a failing grade on the next day’s test. Teens in high school are not fully matured. Obviously, if they were mature, they would realize the importance of their grades as opposed the importance of who got in a fight on Jersey Shore. Due to this fact, I think we should “Let Teenagers Try Adulthood.” In this passage, Leon Botstein supports his...
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