The Pressures Children Face In Schools

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When you compare schools from the 1800’s and today, you will realize how things have drastically changed. Some believe that the public school system today has taken a turn for the worst in the past years. Students have more than just tests and quizzes to worry about. They are faced with violence, drugs, sex and pregnancy, and state mandated tests that will tell whether they will pass to the next grade. The public school classroom today has more children which takes away the personal attention to each individual student. Parents have showed less interest in their children’s education because they have worries of their own going on at home. Teachers are bound to a schedule for teaching ...view middle of the document...

Most school shootings are based on this very reason. Kids today can be very mean and they don’t realize that their actions to their peers can have consequences. Children that are being bullied can feel alienated and have no one to talk to. The problem with this is that teachers and parents have to be more active and pay better attention. After the Columbine Massacre, schools have taken action to make sure that no weapons are able to get into schools. Security guards are posted by every entrance to make sure that children behave and do nothing suspicious in the hallways. After the serious threat, teachers and students were more active for a short while, but just like every tragedy after awhile we forget until we are reminded again. The U.S. National Center for Education Statistics reported that in the year of 2005 to 2006 there were 83,200 public schools. 64,700 schools of which reported one incident of violence thought the school year. 14,300 schools reported two violent incidents throughout the school year. 38,000 of schools reported three theft incidents and 56,800 reported other incidents four times throughout the year (U.S. Census Bureau). I feel that no matter what precautions were made, it is still not enough. When did being popular become more important than grades? As a parent and learning about all of the faults schools really have, I am considering homeschooling my children. As I read on the more I figure out that school is not for learning, some are war zones and children are in charge.
Peer pressure can be very difficult for a student to face. Some students want to be cool and get into the popular crowd. Sometimes in order to fit in they have to follow the leader and that means that they have to do some things that they would never do. Today it is cool to lose your virginity early which has caused the number of teen pregnancy to rise in the past few years. In the year of 2006, 435,436 child births were to mothers between the ages of fifteen to nineteen years old (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This is due to the fact that instead of thinking about safe sex and researching the consequences of having unsafe sex, teens are just interested in fitting in. “U.S. teen pregnancy and birth, STD’s and abortion rates are considerable higher than most other developed countries.”, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). I believe that this statement alone is to make me worry about the future. I feel that students today have lost focus on what is important. School has become the place for breeding among teens. I remember when I was just starting high school; I learned the first day that I could only become popular if I wore sexy clothes to make boys notice me. I feel that as a parent, it is very important to keep track of my children. I feel that restricting them would be more affective then to just give them space to learn for themselves. Most parents today feel that very same way. If they let their children go free early...

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