The most common pressure is fitting in” or wanting to be cool.¨ This directs kids to make the wrong choice, a choice made from desire. ¨Peer pressure among young people can be a powerful and persuasive force. Knowing they may have to submit to a drug test can help kids overcome the pressure to take drugs. (Student Drug Testing Prevents Against Drug Abuse, Michigan Library)¨ If students are aware of randomized drug tests that their schools provide, they are less likely to take the drugs being ¨pushed¨ towards them. It is a simple step that can improve the lives of students everywhere.
Drug testing helps kids stop long and short term effects along with teaching kids that drugs aren’t worth it, and helping to see who need help and who doesn’t. Drug testing should be allowed in schools. First of all drug testing helps to stop the long and short term effects of drugs. The article entitled “Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Testing in Schools” explains that doing drugs at a young age can affect your brain and not in a good way. Drug tests help kids determine who is doing drugs and needs help.
Students need to take less standardized tests. As said in the article The Secret To Fixing Bad Schools “students need to become thinkers not test takers.” They should be able to take more classes they are interested in rather than classes they need just for graduation required credits. Schools need to have more academic achievement appreciation rather than only appreciating the athletic students. Although Bostein points out America’s education system seems to be the main issue in preparing our children for the future, he is a bit too extreme with this ideas. In Botstein 's article Let Teenagers Try Adulthood he explains how high schoolers are not in the “real world” “They could then enter the real world, the world of work or national service, in which they would take a place of responsibility alongside other adults in mixed company.” Botstein also states that we need to graduate at the age of 16 now to
As a result of the immense pressure by society to succeed, many students, nowadays, are pressured into using drugs to either fit in or to help gain a competitive edge over classmates in school. Much of the youth population today relies on the use of drugs to help succeed in school and outside of school, on the countless standardized test, which has a large deciding influence on the future of the student. “Among high school seniors, 7.4 percent reported taking Adderall for non-medical reasons, 5.3 percent reported abuse of the pain reliever Vicodin, and 5 percent reported abuse of cough medicine containing dextromethorphan” (Drug Abuse). Many of the students who use drugs such as Adderall, use it to gain a more concentrated focus, which allows them to strengthen their performance on an enduring test such as the SAT. Although many students rely on drugs for educational purposes, the true factor for the rapid growth amongst teen users is peer-pressure.
The environment of the school and how the teen is treated in this environment will alter whether or not suicide is in their thoughts. In journal article Bullying and suicide “Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University” was a stated fact (Bullying and Suicide, Matt Dickson page 1). This provides readers with a understanding with the fact that kids who are verbally and physically harmed in their school environment, have a greater chance of considering suicide. This means that the school environment, in which a teen must be put through for 8 hours a day, will have a vast affect on their deeming of committing suicide. The second piece of evidence used from the same source stated “A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying” (Bullying and Suicide, Matt Dickson page 1).
Limiting speech could tremendously decrease the number of students cyberbullied starting with this generation of teens and many more to come in the future. Not only are students bullying each other, 15.1% of teachers have been cyberbullied and 44.2% of this bullying was done by pupils (Doc B). This is no longer an issue just regarding the well-being of students as it also affects the faculty. When the faculty is hurt, it can also transfer over to how positive the school
This is the latest measure of the government in attempt to step up its war on drugs by conducting drug tests for students in order to make college campuses drug-free. Which brings me back to my topic/thesis, "Mandatory drug testing for college level students should be implemented in schools." Why? First, let me define the word drugs.
“In Long Beach, CA, after two years of a district-wide K-8 mandatory uniform policy, reports of assault and battery in the district 's schools decreased by 34%” - CITE- “Should students have to wear uniforms” This shows that school uniforms should be mandatory and are very important when it comes to learning. This illustrates that uniform have a big impact on students and their learning. “School uniforms also prevent students from concealing weapons under baggy clothing” - CITE-”Should students have to wear uniforms” This highlights that uniforms can cause a less chance of schools getting hurt. This reveals that children have a more chance of carrying something on them that could hurt schools around the country. Students may have a concern that they
Jane Ma Hongyan, Guofang Wan, and Eric Long Yu explain in their article, Digital Cheating and Plagiarism in Schools, how cheating is not a new thing in schools, but the way students cheat now is way different from how it used to be, explain how it is not just high school students that plagiarize but college students as well, and why students choose to cheat. Cheating in the classroom has become more and more common through cellular devices and other technology and is among students of all grades. Students decide to cheat because they feel as if they cannot achieve within a brief period of time, meaning the students felt that their time limit was too short. Cheating and plagiarizing is a nationwide epidemic that can be found in most schools.
In order to fit in with others and have a normal high school life they feel their only option is to do what everyone else is doing. Not only feeling this pressure from their peers but stress put on them from higher authority figures to do well can also cause them to do drugs in attempt to relax themselves. Often they see an appeal in getting a chance to escape from reality and get away for a while. Peer pressure comes mainly from social influences among friends, school, community and acquaintances. Drugs are present school, community and acquaintances.