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Today'S Youth Ready For What'S Next?

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Autor:  anton  18 December 2010
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Despite schools technologically improving at a rapid pace, new learning techniques being incorporated into the education process, and the number of high school graduates rising annually; American students are not manifesting the capability required “tackle academe”. Why are our children so often labeled incompetent? The answer lies in preparation, or the lack thereof. With lack or proper preparation come several problems which need to be addressed. The problems of apathy and incredible passivity toward schooling stem from the students’ living environment, modern American outlook on education asserted by the media, and last but not least, the classroom.

The old adage “the problem begins at home” has proven true for American high school students and their lack of preparation for college. In today’s world more than ever parents retard their children’s growth through spoiling them with physical unmerited gifts and providing them with embellished images of flawlessness. While no parent wants to point out their child’s flaws, over exaggerating their strengths has proven to be an unsuccessful way of helping them to succeed (Source E). However, undermining these strengths has proven unsuccessful also. While some students are brought up to believe that they belong on a pedestal, others grow up believing that they do not belong at all. These students have the mindset that they cannot accomplish those tasks necessary to be successful and with no one to steer them differently, they give up easily (Source A). Students today face other problems because they lack a sense of what is important (Source B). With many twenty-first century parents and the media portraying success as making quick money and having nice things, college simply does not fit into the glamorous lifestyle that many students hope to attain.

Students also find themselves constantly distracted by thing around the home. More than ever before, students have access to devices such as iPods, cell phones, personal computers and televisions. Utilization of these devices gives rise to the need to multi-task. Hence the ability of students to focus primarily on school work has become progressively worse. Multi-tasking has proven to be a successful method to getting more done in shorter periods of time which may allow some students to make better grades in school, but it also has a negative side. Multi-tasking allows students to temporarily retain the information via memorization. Studies show that by students not focusing completely on the tasks at hand, they are unable to gain any depth of knowledge on any one subject (Source C).

Lack of proper preparation can also be attributed America’s distorted views on education in which the media plays more than a large role. Television and music more often than not play down education in today’s society. As the media places labels like “nerd” and “geek” on those portrayed with high levels of intelligence, children are led to believe that being smart has a negative connotation. Much of this comes from the mentality that complying with authority makes you weak and dependant which may explain why when being portrayed by the media, “nerds” always get mauled or disrespected (Source D). Because of the improper values imposed upon students by society, many of them have learned to cheat “the system” and take the easy way out. With sayings like “it’s not what you know, but who you know,” it’s no wonder America’s children do not feel the need to work for what they want. Society depicts to students manipulation, not knowledge as the key to success in life. This also leads students to believe that college is just an unnecessary stress when in fact the odds of achieving the attractive, lavishly rich lifestyle without college are sixty percent less than they are with college (Source D).

Being only few of many, problems in the classroom take the most charge for the state and condition of today’s students. Problems in the classroom, however, prove to be some of the most complex, stemming from both the teachers and the students. The regularity of selective teaching by educators may be mind-blowing to some, but catering to those students who they believe have the highest levels of intelligence exist as a common practice for many teachers. These students do not usually make up a large percent of the class; therefore the majority of the class does not receive the attention necessary to do well (Source A). Behavior in the classroom has also become a problem. Students do not pay attention, focus or take advantage of the resources made available to them in the classroom setting. Instead, students play with cell phones, sleep, eat, drink, and participate in many other activities that have proven to be distracting during class periods. Students don’t realize that while they may be able to get away with these things with no more than a lecture or an extra assignment in high school, this behavior in college may result in withdrawal from a required course or even an end to their college career (Sources G and H).

Although not currently equipped to tackle academe, students can be ready for college if America, as a community, takes action soon. The mindset of American children must be changed. Students cannot be led to believe in the false exaggerations of their infallibility or those of their incapability. More time should be spent engaging in positive activities. If students can become more interested in learning and education through participation in positive extracurricular activities or the negative affect of the media on students will decrease. Whether this is through less interaction with the media or influencing the media because the media which can often be geared toward the interests of the people. Better study habits need to be imposed. Multi-tasking and other habits that do not allow students to retain material will only be setbacks in preparing students for college. Teachers should be allowed to be more assertive in the classroom and parents need to be more assertive at home. Discipline may be key to solving many of the problems associated with the improper preparation of American students (Source D). Loopholes have to be cut. While loopholes are available, students will continue to find them and take advantage of them. In order to discourage students from cheating the system, the benefits of hard work must be promoted. The option of proper preparation definitely exists, but as stated by David Dunning in source D, “The key, however, may be more hard work, constant effort, and guidance than our students—or we—initially expect.”

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