Sadness is what one feels when thinking of the competitiveness of high school students today. Today’s teenagers are stressed out and sleep deprived, trying for that edge to make them better than the rest. Frank Bruni expresses this sadness in his article “Today’s Exhausted Superkids.” In the article, Bruni explains the problem with how hard today’s teenagers have to work and how it is affecting their growth, especially with sleep. Bruni states, “Before adulthood, a baseline amount is fundamental and nonnegotiable, or should be.”
It is different than just looking at the micro level because the reasons for the dropout rate do not just apply to one person or family, but a larger audience. One reason for the high college dropout rate could be high schools are not preparing students properly. At the high school level, students are not treated the same as they are in college. The course work can be easier, teachers do not give their students as much freedom, and there are much longer hours in class. All of these aspects sound good for the high school level, however, they can be the polar opposites of how students are treated in college.
“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” - John Adams. Knowledge is sometimes very difficult to gain. Those few years of struggle will lead to many years of a society that can stand strong. Montag spent years with internal conflict because he knew how corrupt the society was, but it left him happier than anyone else.
He explains how other kids are working harder and getting almost perfect grades, which sets the bar too high for some kids, making their lives seem not as successful as their peers. He uses these situations like these as firm examples to represent his logos. It all doesn’t just end with peer or parental pressures either. Economical pressures and self induced pressures play a huge role in the stress of a student as well. The writer states that we are without a doubt, living in a brutal economy and that it seems that colleges are getting rich off of their students.
Out of the three David Brooks articles that I evaluated, “Making Modern Toughness” was most effective in presenting its claim in a thought provoking manner. While “The Avalanche of Distrust” also provides a thorough and thought provoking take on American societal trends, the OP-ED piece “Identity Politics Run Amok” is somewhat less effective at convincing readers of the validity and applicability of its central claim. “Making Modern Toughness” begins by creating common ground with readers by discussing the storyline of increasing emotional fragility among younger people. Over the past few months, this storyline been discussed in popular culture with increasing frequency. Brooks quickly pivots away from current events towards his analysis of
But, they are wrong, just as Max knows. In addition to this quote, there is another, which reads, “That’s how he talked, right out of a dictionary. So smart you can hardly believe it. ”(13).Again, this quote shows Max’s realization of Kevin’s intellect. Max refers to Freak speaking with advanced vocabulary, and just being highly intelligent on many topics throughout the book, so it is obvious that Max notices this regularly.
A Generation of Stress “The Most Stressed-Out Generation? Young Adults” by Alexandra Sifferlin analyzes the worrying stress levels of young adults and how mismanaged that stress can be. Sifferlin uses facts and scientific studies to persuade her readers into seeing that young adults are the most stressed-out Americans. For many of the millennial generation, the fear of failure and overwhelming expectations are the root cause of this anxiety and few receive support in managing their stress.
Other characters such as Cameron, Michael, and Mandella are also placed into undesirable groups, despite their good hearted personalities. The iconic scene where Michael introduces Cameron to the cliques at school is also a crucial example. Stereotypes are a social epidemic that needs to be addressed, but most likely won’t be. Everyone belongs somewhere in society, but there is more overlap and diversity in people compared to what most teenagers see in others.
This skit was significant enough to mention in the book because it showed the setting, and it showed what the high school boys thought of masculinity and how it should be enacted. It is made clear that masculinity is very important to these boys and heterosexuality can be a big part of masculinity. Without their masculinity, they lose status. This is why gender policing becomes so prominent between high school boys. Gender policing is described by sociologists as "responses to the violation of gender rules aimed at promoting conformity."
Helicopter parenting can cause anxiety, depression, a lack of confidence, unhappiness, academic problems, and many other difficulties in a child’s lives. Anxiety can come from always having a parent there to fix their problems whenever the child may want to fix the problem on their own. A child has to learn from their own mistakes, and whenever a parent is always there to mend their problems they have no
There are many factors that affect how my relationships with others at school can have positive and negative outcomes. It is important to understand these issues and always go for what is
Is technology really creating a better world for people? With all the different types of technology, it is undoubtedly a part of everyone’s life today. Not only that, but technology could be viewed as consuming the world, dispersing information and so much that not all of it can be processed. Some people argue that technology is completely beneficial to its users, allowing quick access to all sorts of resources, but it is clear Foothill High School should join in the national “Shut Down Your Screen Week” because many teenagers have never been away from their devices for very long and could easily benefit from the forced interaction with real people around, and the psychological benefits of “unplugging” are numerous and attractive.
According to the 2013 National College Health Assessment study, almost half of students surveyed stated they felt overwhelmed with anxiety in the last year (Novotney, 2014). These numbers continue to rise among high school students and college students around the country. It’s no question why the percentage of Adderall use among college students is also rising. Adderall is a drug commonly prescribed to treat ADHD and its symptoms; however, its use among students without the ailment is rising. The drug heightens students’ motivation, focus, and concentration (Student Health, 2016).
It is easy to agree that, in today’s society, it’s the expected norm for high school and college students to be spread thin between school work and an abundant amount of extra curricular activities; all for what? An extra line filled on a résumé? To many, this may seem a bit excessive, but to the students, it seems necessary to keep a competitive edge in order to be successful among their peers. Frank Bruni wrote a compelling article addressing why today’s students are far overworked. In Frank Bruni’s article entitled “Today’s Exhausted Superkids,” he effectively pushes his point, which is students are under a tremendous amount of pressure to succeed and gain a “competitive edge” to the point they are making decisions that can not only damage themselves, but their futures.