“Of course I want to be a model. I want to paint my eyelids gold. I saw on a magazine cover and it looked amazing- turned the model into a sexy alien that everyone looked at, but no one dared to touch. ” -Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak In Laurie Halse Anderson’s YA novel Speak, Melinda Sordino, a freshman who struggled throughout her freshmen year of school, was sexually assaulted at a party prior to the beginning of the school year. She was later bullied during school because she called the cops to report the rape, yet nobody knows exactly what happened because she hung up before she clarified what had happened to her.
Imagine living in a world where life revolves around spray tans, botox, fake eyelashes, and young girls walk around in inappropriate outfits. Most girls are pressured to be perfect in the society of beauty pageants. Many of the children’s parents are making their children grow up too fast. These parents pressuring their children can lead to bad communication skills, as well as bad relationships. Children are focusing on their beauty and not their education, or relationships.
The Plastics, the dominating clique of the high school, consisted of a measly three teenaged girls who ruled the entire school or so they thought. They themselves where very insecure and believed that to maintain the upper hand they must maintain secrets or bargaining tools on the other students in what Regina called her Burn Book. Eventually Cady finds herself becoming like Regina while trying to gain the attention of Aaron, Regina’s boyfriend and breaking them up. The Plastics targeted new students to implement their culture and beliefs to continue their society. Cady Heron was a new-to-school student.
A mother decided to produce a movie about it called Race to Nowhere. The director of the film, Vicki H. Abeles, is a mother and witnessed her own daughter having panic attacks over the stress of school and how to balance her life. A girl in their community committed suicide after getting a poor grade on her math test because she had the mindset that only perfectionism is acceptable. Michelle L. Ardizzoni, an elementary school teacher, has watched this documentary and participated in the follow-up discussion with educators, parents, and students. She says, “Much of the discussion supported the views and sentiments presented in the Race to Nowhere movie.
The issue presented in this selection shows that Gaby Rodriguez is sick and tired of being expected that she will be a mother just like her mother and her older siblings. She was in honor classes and wanted to be the first of her family to go to college, everyone expected her to drop out of high school and not gradate unlike some Latina’s who would oppose the statistics by just doing well in school. She decided to fake her own pregnancy to get reactions and understand the stereotypes and what pregnant teens have to face. 2. Based on the information presented in this selection, do you feel this is an accurate account of the issue?
She stopped drinking and only smoked weed while she was pregnant (Brown 85). By her quitting to drink alcohol while pregnant meant that she wanted to change and be a good mother. She was slowly starting to change. Having that baby would have made her change her older ways, since, she had somebody to look after. Succeeding the beat up by the other foster girls, Cupcake was in immense pain.
But are teenagers really such a nightmare, as other parents think? Rachel starts the article by discussing with her oldest daughter, about her insomnia. She tells her that she shouldn 't look at her laptop and read a book instead - her daughter rolls her eyes instead and says that she has read a lot of books. This is the first place in the story who shows us the conflict, that Rachel means are between mothers and daughters. The style of argumentation is very closed and both mother and daughter are not very open to other suggestions and kind of stubborn.
If you were pregnant, what would you do? Kaneesha in the movie “Lean on Me”, engaged in sex and she had gotten the consequence of becoming pregnant. Her school, Eastside, did not teach her adequately enough to utilize contraceptives. Eastside did not provide the students with a satisfactory education concerning sex. This can be changed by improving how health classes are taught and providing ways to prevent pregnancies.
“I can’t believe they would call us in on a dress code violation,” Connie fumed, “What dress code!? I’ve never heard anything about the school having a dress code-” “Well and fighting-” Steven rubbed the back of his neck. How do you explain to kids it 's not okay to fight when that’s what their whole family does everyday? “Citrine’s clothes are perfectly suited to her lifestyle, so she likes to bare her gem, she’s eleven for crying out loud-” “Do you think Cairn got into it again with Bullion?” “I hope not, we can’t afford to-” “-or maybe that Vince kid,” Steven muttered as he held open the door for Connie to enter the school. “Maybe Pearl was right, maybe we should look back into homeschool-” “Morion’s doing so well though,” Steven took her
The Harsher Consequences of Face to Face Bullying Meet Rochelle, a previous student who told her best friend something very personal. Her best friend told everyone and kids from her school started bullying her. They would call her names and it came to the point where she stopped going to school, stopped eating, had to go to the hospital because she purposely cracked her head open on the sidewalk, and tried to hang herself. (“Stories from People Just Like You”, 22) Just like Rochelle, children all over the world get bullied face to face and never say anything about it. When faced with bullying, students are intimidated to go to school and feel unsafe outside of school, so they detach themselves from the world.