.. d the more expensive brands of cloths. Why should a teen be looked down upon just because his or her family can’t afford the most expensive pair of shoes or pants? If you had the chance to walk through the halls of most high schools it would not be hard to pick out the different groups of kids. I guarantee that one thing you are able to notice between the groups is the label on their cloths. There is not much of a difference between Gap jeans and Lee jeans, except about twenty or thirty dollars.
This is enough to separate the richer class from the lower class. I say lower class because I want you to understand that these families are not pour. They are just your average class family that works hard to provide for their kids and give them a home, food, and education that they may not have had growing up. When you are living on a fixed income there is often not enough room in the family budget for fancy and expensive cloths. This often hurts the way a teen sees them.
They think they are dirt pour and they resent those kids that have more then them. Then this builds a strong hate between both groups because one has more and the other is just often times stuck up and doesn’t realize how they look down on others. This is the worst problem with society today. There is just too big of a gap between classes that makes it hard for a lot of kids to relate to each other. Chapter 4 In the previous and rather short chapters I have pointed out the factors that I believe lead to what I call the “No Way Out” problem that most teens experience around the last two years of high school.
This problem can affect all types of teens in several different ways. From the jock that feels that he is being forced to play college ball like his father, to the middle class out cast that doesn’t know what to do with his life. They are all forced to work out this problem on their own despite how many people say they can help them. What finally decides which ones are successful in life is how they choose to handle this problem. Take the jock for instance that cant decide if he wants to play in college. If playing ball is the only way he can get into college then he has not choice but to do what he canned. Yet, if the only reason he accepts a college scholar ship is because his father wants him to even though he is smart enough to get into college with out sports, then which decision should he make? On one hand he will make his father proud witch is what he has been doing his whole life.
On the other hand he could fulfill his own dream of going to a college that is not focused manly on sports. If he follows his father then he will always be known has a joke, if he follows his dream then he will be known for his brilliance. The choice is his, but which road will lead to happiness? Some say the dream, but others say the happiness of a loving father out weighs any dream. While I will agree that this may not be a large problem it still puts a lot of pressure on a teen while trying to finish out your high school years. And in his world this may have been the biggest problem of his life, while in another it was icing on the cake of troubles.
For example a high school senior that has a low GPA, but a bright mind. This senior is going to have to work hard trough Junior college before able to transfer to a four year college. This was not in his plans at a younger age and it has him somewhat discouraged the last year of high school. He know what he has to do to get into a two year college, which is very little, but he is still getting hounded on by everyone to do his best at the end. His family is not exactly rolling in money for him to go to a big college on, and a two-year college first would be a lot cheaper then straight into a four-year university. If he busts his but to slightly pull himself out of a whole at the end of the year then he may be able to get accepted to a big college with most of his friends, but could be afford it.
The best thing for his family is the two-year college, yet in his eyes the best thing for him is to be with all his friends. Should he push himself to get further and put his family in debt so he can be happy, or does he do what will be easier for him and his family by sliding through the rest of high school and just going to the smaller college? You might be surprised how common this problem is among today’s high school kids. Yet it’s still not the worst thing that a teen can go trough. The biggest problem would be a senior that is thinking he can not get any where in life not matter what he does. This is the guy that you will most often find in the back of class asleep because he doesn’t think he should try or put forth any effort. His parents have not paid enough attention in his eyes and for this he hates them for bringing him into this world.
He is just waiting for the day when he turns 18 so he can drop out of school. He’s not thinking of getting a G.E.D. to go on to some sort of technical school though. He often speaks of the fact that he has a gun at home and when he turns 18 he can buy bullets. “This will be the fastest way.” He has mumbled to a few classmates that grow concerned that he might not be kidding around.
And when they go to the guidance office to report what he has said, the consoler tells them that she is busy today and tomorrow, but she will try to get to it sometime Thursday around 10:30. This is the worst situation that I have ever heard of in my entire life. What could possible lead this teen to think killing himself is the only way out of his problems. And how could a guidance consoler put a problem like this off for two in half days with and real concern for the teen’s life. It makes you wander why we are so surprised when a teen walks into a school and blows himself away and takes a few with him.
People try to blame high school shootings on television or heavy metal music because it is easier to blame something on someone else other than you. The world today puts to much pressure on teens growing up. Not to fight in war or get a job, but to just be a teenager. There is to many groups that we are supposed to fit into and to many standards that we have to meet in order to be socially acceptable. In order for today’s generation of teens to freely be accepted they are going to have to become adults and replace the older generation that are to stuck in their own ways to truly let us be our on persons. Chapter 5 Our ideas are new and fresh and this often intimidates our elders that fear change and the fact that they will soon be replaced by younger, fresher, and more creative models. Today’s students are learning more and faster then thoughts before us.
My opinion, which may not matter much to most, is that if we are developing are mind faster and better than we should be able to share our educated views with the rest of the world before the destruction that we already have to clean up gets any worse. Generations before us have already been careless with the environment and several other things that may not affect them in their own life times but will have to be dealt with by those to come. One large problem dealing with the environment is the landfill space or lack there of. While the methods used to dispose of the earths waste have been somewhat successful, there is only so much space that we can use before the trash that we produce over flows into our back yards. Just like Sara Senthia Silvea Stout who would not take her garbage out, if we don’t deal with this quickly growing problem it may be to late.
Luckily some of the futures brightest minds are learning about the situation at an early age and will soon develop the knowledge it will take to clean up this mess. Today’s youth is also wising up to the fact that we can’t continue to keep killing each other in the streets over childish difference like territory that we don’t even own. We are learning to look past skin color and religion to see that we are all human. In order for the human race to continue to be that dominate species we must stop killing our own kind like savage beasts. The only sad thing is that it took an incidence like Columbine to really open our eyes to the problem of social discretion that is the poison of today society.
Yet the only people you can blame for the problem with my generation’s views of each other is the adults that taught them to think with such small-minded mentality. It seems that more often these days I’m opening the newspaper to find and article about a fifteen-year-old child genius that is already earning a degree from a large university and moving on to a high paying job in a very respected field. It amazes me what we are capable these days. We are a generation that thrives on out doing each other intellectually. There is no doubt in my mind that we will soon revolutionize the world, as we know it.
In a society built by dreamers we are some of the best by far. Since most things have already been done or accomplished we are able to reach further and improve on what has been created or not even thought of yet. I personally can’t wait to see what we are fully capable of doing. Chapter 6 To kind of change to subject for a moment I’d like to sort of let some of my own inner thoughts and dream spill out into written word. Just for the simple fact that while I’ve been giving my opinion on several subjects, I think its only fare that you learn what has been manifesting in my brain over the past years to create what I hope to one day make a reality for myself.
Since I’ve grown up in a middle class family I’ve often dreamed of a successful life. I know there has always been a point in most people’s lives when they have dream about what they will become and the wonderful life they will make for themselves. For myself, I’ve always thought that I would do something to become rich and famous quick. This may have been what first inspired me to sit in front of my computer and try to write a book. Even as I type this right now I’m imagining what will come of it.
Will this simply be a file that remains on my computer unfinished and forgotten about? Our will I one day publish it and go on to write several novel that are read by a large audience. The future is a funny thing to think about, because there are so many possibilities and factors that could change the course of my life. Perhaps I will become a famous actor on the big screen, or a rich politician that will become president. One thing I know for sure is that I wont be one of those guys that live in the same town he grew up in where everyone has known him since he was a little kid. You know the kind of guy that I’m talking about.
The one that went to a college close to home and came back to be a teacher, coach, or manager of a furniture store. Don’t get me wrong, these are all great people that make great parents, but that’s not a life that I want for myself. I want to make a name for myself in this world, and in order to do that I’ve got to do something big to get recognized and get out of this small town.