In Penrod’s Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids, Penrod provides a brief summary of how teens are affected by their peers ridiculing and judgement. *insert supporting (integrated) quote from the article* From this, it is clear to see that it isn’t harmless what is being done in these situations. Kids are going home from school feeling broken, embarrassed, and outcast by those who were once their friends. Anyone can tell stories about how high school is all a popularity contest of different cliques, but no one is ever really willing to talk about how extreme this contest really is. There have been several news articles chronicling the bullying of kids who are designated as ‘too intelligent’ and are thus being bullied because of it.
Peer pressure affects teenagers because they feel like they have to do it and they are expected to do something that they don’t want to. I feel that in “Speak” Laurie Halse Anderson is practically saying that peer pressure is everywhere and a lot of people do it. In the story, Melinda was pressured into drinking, having sex, and skipping class (Halse). I have been pressured into skipping class a few times, but I have never done it. Melinda and I have both been pressured into skipping class (Halse).
Many kids get bullied at least a few times in their lifetime whether it be in elementary, junior high, high school, or college. Kids and teens are constantly told that they’re ugly or not good enough by bullies when, in fact, that’s not true. Sometimes people contribute to the bullying by not speaking up or by agreeing with it just because someone else said it. In the book, the goldfish “gurgled in agreement” (Yaccarino 11). Some people may just agree with the bully so that they don’t get picked on instead.
Since narcissists thrive on the idea that they are the best, getting such positive feedback will encourage their behavior to continue to lean towards self advocating, as stated in the law of effect. Not only does the use of social media often create competition, but it can also create hollow relationships (easily confused nowadays with genuine relationships) with others as well. Considering another aspect of a narcissistic personality is having poor relationships with others, this only adds to the growing epidemic of narcissism. When Facebook friends are all about quantity accumulation and social climbing, it is rare that these relationships are of much value
Another reason books are often challenged is because of offensive themes. Themes can range anywhere from honesty to kindness to loyalty. However, a major theme of Killing Mr. Griffin is peer pressure. In the beginning of the book Mark decides he wants to kidnap his teacher for making him fail the class twice. “I 'm taking the stupid course over again because I have to have an English credit to graduate, and that idiot Mr.Griffin keeps failing me.”
Sherry goes on and explains why we think it is right to sometimes excuse students who cheat the system because they come from terrible environments, but then goes on to conclude that “most kids don’t put school first on their list unless they perceive something else is at stake.” I think this is why there is a UIL rule at a lot of schools with a “no pass no play” policy. Students who are involved in extracurricular activities then have a reason to strive to pass. Sherry believes that “people of all ages can rise above their problems, but they need a reason to do so.”
People who are risk-takers are quite common, everyone has taken a risk at some point in their life, and usually are not a cause of worry for parents. Risk-taking is a natural part of life and has many benefits on a person’s attitude. These benefits may be psychological, such as gaining confidence, social, such as becoming more assertive, and/or physical, such as gaining more strength. (Taylor) Though, like everything in this world, it can be taken too far.
Watching The Trouble with Evan was very difficult. There were so many things this family could have done to make things better, but every time they tried they just kept falling into their own ways. Insecure disorganized attachment was quite apparent between him and both of his parents. His parents had the tendency to verbally abuse him quite a bit, yelling things that most people would never imagine yelling at their child. Other times it seemed the mother would be frightened of Evan and his behavior.
All because he could not go outside, from one story by a mom on her child. Another reason is middle schoolers are socializing a lot more and they feel they need to talk to their friends and recess is perfect time for that. Also it will solve the cellphone problems with recess because if middle schoolers want to socialize than maybe recess can stop kids from going on their phone. Also having no recess will make middle schoolers feel even worse. To explain more middle schoolers friendships can be hurt because they can 't talk.
A counter opinion to this would be that “drugs, sex and train wrecks” get more media coverage so make influencing the younger generation easier. Gauna has again generalised all teens describing them as “vulnerable” yet you don 't have to be young to be vulnerable and many teenagers are mentally strong enough to be perfectly capable of making their own decisions. This lack of vulnerability in many teens prevents them being susceptible to copying poor behaviour as they understand right from wrong, legal from illegal and safe from unsafe. Celebrities can have extremely positive influences, through their publicity and popularity, giving them the power to benefit many, whether they realise or not. An example of this is when Martin Luther King peacefully protested against racial discrimination-the fact that he conducted peaceful protests teaches the younger generation that violence and anger do not necessarily get you noticed and do not allow you to get what you want in life; young people can put this knowledge into action throughout their lives.
Should the legal age for alcohol consumption be lowered? In the United States, The legal drinking age is 21, but in my research, I have found that it is actually allowed, under certain circumstances and situations, to people of even lower age. Though all 50 US states have set their minimum drinking age to 21, exceptions do exist on a state-by-state basis for consumption at home, under adult supervision, for medical necessity, and other reasons. In fact, all but 5 states, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, New Hampshire, and West Virginia, under age drinking is permitted. Parents are allowed to furnish alcohol to minors if they are under proper supervision.
One thing that Teixeira said in the first line was struck out to me. He was talking about how he doesn’t have patience for certain things, not because he is full of himself but because he doesn’t want to be bothered with people that doesn’t want his best interest in heart. From my own personal experience I would agree with him on this. I look back to freshman year in high school.
One survey question reads, “If you ever experienced a form of bullying, how did it make you feel? Did you go to someone for help?” One student answered this question by saying, “yes it made me feel really shitty and made me hurt myself. No, I did not go for help, nobody would listen.” This student shows that they chose to not say anything because they feel or know that nobody would listen anyway.
Gladwell article was agreeable and disagreeable. There is a lot of school shooting happening, but it 's not getting popular and everyone isn 't going to start shooting up their school. The article has some agreeable saying, but yet there are some that you have to think about and realized it 's all wrong. In the article they give examples on how the teens that do shoot up their schools or just schools in general have the same mindset, but that 's not true. They all have different reasons why they do it.