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"The Adults Are Always Right?" Essay

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THE ADULTS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT?'Clean your room! Don't do that! Stop watching that stupid television, don't you have a book to read? Didn't I tell you to clean your room, do you want to be a slob when you grow up? Go to school, don't you have school today? When I was a kid . . .'Welcome to the lives of almost every teenager in North America. To most parents, when the above words are spoken, they expect to see their teen rush at the opportunity to serve them. The above words mean something to them and they think it means something to us teens. They don't understand that the words go in through one ear and out through the other. Does a German understand the words of an Italian? No! Does a Chinese ...view middle of the document...

Is it our fault that almost every house has at least one television bigger than 22' and that basic cable comes with at least thirty channels? They keep telling us their stories about when they were kids, and it always has to do with something we can't help.'When I was a kid we had a 13' black and white television, and if you had BETA . . .''When I was a kid, our schools were 14 miles away and we had no shoes. We walked bare foot through mountains, and had to wrestle crocodiles . . .''When I was a kid, we never had music!'Like we really want to hear about their pet dinosaurs, and what they had and never had. It's fun to hear how adults can over-exaggerate and all but what can we do about technology? Is it our fault it exists? They don't understand how times have changed, and how kids are growing up in this, the modern world. They grow up with music, and sports, and fast cars. Adults criticize these kids. Just the other day I was at the mall and two Greek women were talking about how I looked and what kind of person I must be (in Greek of course,) not knowing I myself was Greek. I turned to them and translated 'never judge a book by its cover' in their language. The expressions on their faces would have made a great Kodak© moment, however I don't think my camera catches the particular shade of red that was expressed on their faces. They think it's easy to look the way we do, but we take pride in our 'grooming' ourselves. This goes to show how times have changed. Kids no longer wear uniforms to public school anymore. We have the freedom to wear what we want. However, is it our looks that make adults think we're irresponsible and lack values? There are the few that look odd, act odd, and . . . well . . . are odd, but do those few speak for the rest of us?All kids ask for, is to be treated like they deserve to be treated. How will putting them down and insulting them, make them feel better about themselves and their surroundings? There are many intelligent minds out there that have yet to be discovered. Teachers look at a lot of these kids and think of them as being punks and like to pick on them because they don't pay as much attention in class, as the rest of the students. They don't spend as much time with these kids because they think that they're going to grow up and be nobodies in life. What they look at as fooling around and not paying attention, is really lack of interest. Lack of interest because the class is too boring. To open up these minds classes have to have more life in them. I mean, who wants to be in a classroom for an hour and listen to a sustained, monotonous voice speak rather slowly as they take notes? I mean no offense to those teachers, but put yourself in that position and contemplate how it may feel. This seems like laziness to learn. Laziness, leads to selfishness, which leads to dishonesty, which leads to lack of...

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