Through the fast pace of today’s economy and job market in the United States, students are constantly being asked to do more in order to maintain a competitive edge. Although, obtaining such an edge might promote a positive outcome, there are also negative responses that essentially hurt students as individuals and the American job market as a whole. The constant government and societal push towards measuring up to the rest of the world is essentially, harming students more than it is promoting them.
Although stress stress isn’t always a negative aspect, in extreme situations, it can prove to be very unhealthy. The American Psychological Association has found that “Teens report that their stress level during the school year far exceeds what they believe to be healthy…” The association also says that “Many teens also report feeling overwhelmed (31 percent) and depressed or sad (30 percent) as a result of stress.” The stress that students are experiencing is not the problem as much as the consequences that come from it. Depression and lack of motivation can result from too much pressure upon students, and these negative side effects can cancel any of the positively intended effects. From elementary school to college, the American school system is constantly striving to keep up with that of other countries. This constant motivation can be very toxic to the entire cause at hand. The University of La Verne took statistics of their students and found that “…at least 50% of
The need to succeed hinders students from finding their true potential. For years, headlines have read "American students are behind other international students." In Gerald W. Bracey’s article, Are U.S. Students Behind?: "American students look better in international tests than the critics would have us believe, and the schools have little to do with the "competitiveness" of economy" (Bracey 1). The government is pressuring students to do better than other country counter parts for no other reason than to fulfill their own agenda. "One reason why Americans believe their children compare poorly to foreign students is that for 12 years, the Reagan and Bush administration promoted a conservative agenda hostile to the public schools and gave bad news about education far more publicity than good news" (Bracey 2). This was a result from the race between the Russians and Americans in the space program. The government’s own agenda abolished the whole concept of being patient with students.
There was a time when America’s education system was top-notch according to the culture and society. With time, a myriad of things has changed, but unfortunately what has not evolved is the American education system. The country is still following a system which was not designed for the current global economic climate. Equality, as positive as it sounds is not as sufficient when it comes to education. The system treats students equally yet expect a similar culmination and outcome. Every child has his individuality and distinct abilities; one cannot judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree. Conversely, a few of the prominent reasons why the education system is failing are overcrowded schools, the rise of technology, and following the same old school hours.
Nowadays the United States is not known for their educational system. Countries like South Korea, Japan, and Singapore have surpassed the United States buy large margins, in terms of educational success. While other countries are constantly revolutionising their education system, the United States’ education system has not changed in decades, leaving the U.S. unsuccessful. The U.S. continues to fall behind these same countries that are thriving. Due to the fact that the U.S. education system not developing as time went on, leaving them now with a multitude of flaws. The gap between the educated and non-educated, along with the length of how long students are in elementary and high school, are two consequential problems in the United States’ educational system that need to be addressed.
My day just started and I’m already beyond stressed; I had to wake up, fix my hair, put on makeup, find my suit, and then bring myself here, ugh. As a high school student, I go through a good bit of stress trying to juggle advanced placement classes, clubs, a social life, a job, and writing this oratory; it seems like I never get a break. According to the American Psychological Association, high school students score a 5.8 on a ten point scale of stress during the school year, whereas adults score a 5.1. To put those scores in context, the APA suggests that the healthy level for a high school student is a score of 3.9. Clearly, teens are inundated with high levels of stress, and to make matters worse, the adults around them often refuse
“It is alarming that teen’s stress experience is so similar to that of adults,” states Norman B. Anderson in an interview with NBC News. In the same NBC News article, a survey shows that on average, teens are more stressed out than adults and that over their high school years, their stress levels increase drastically. “In order to break this cycle of stress and unhealthy behaviors as a nation, we need to provide teens with better support.” Anderson comments. With long hours, large workloads, deadlines, and little time off, having a job and going to school have an uncanny amount of
In We’re Number Umpteenth (2013), author Alfie Kohn argues that the U.S.’s constant need for comparison is nonsense. Kohn’s argument is supported by deconstructing the myth that U.S. schools are lagging and disprove that comparison is helpful -in this case. In order for us to see the nonsense behind this education comparison Alfie Kohn shines light on the ugly truth that by having a need to be number one the U.S. is basically wanting kids in foreign countries to do bad. Because the myth that U.S. schools are lagging is so widely accepted this argument can be directed to just about anyone living under this notion; educators, college students, and so on.
A new national survey suggests that teens across the US are feeling high levels of stress that they say negatively affect every aspect of their lives. More than a quarter (27%) say they experience "extreme stress" during the school year versus the minor 13% in the summer. 34% expect stress to increase in the coming
The outlook of the United States’ future is in jeopardy. The reality is that the United States is falling behind the world and will continue do so due to its education system. The standards of U.S. education have stagnated while globally, the competition has become fiercer and more bent upon producing the best students. The U.S. government pays for $10,995 for a student. South Korea spends $6,723 and consistently gets higher scores than the U.S in math, reading and science. These are unacceptable results. In business, one should try to maximize profits while minimizing costs. The U.S. education system not
The United States is no longer the leader in education standards and in fact is no longer even making the top ten when it comes to reading, math, and science literacy rankings among the world for education (Learning Curve, 8). The repercussions are that college graduates are not as competitive globally as they once were and obtaining desired careers are more competitive than ever, having an ultimate result of slowing down the economy. Due to these conditions, education reform needs to be dealt with immediately as it will take years of implementation before any positive results are actually achieved. Despite the introduction of common core, and no child left behind, the school system is still failing students who are unqualified to even enter
Is American education easy? Simply enough, yes, education in the United States (U.S.) almost completely inadequate. America is behind in all aspects of education in comparison to other countries, and is doing nothing to fix it. One very important change that needs to be made to schools is that school needs to become more challenging. This is because the United States has been consistently falling behind in education compared to other countries.
Stress is something that many teenagers struggle with in the United States on a periodic basis. 59% of teenagers state that managing time is an enormous cause of stress, due to the fact that many are involved in life outside of school. (Jayson2014) Some things that teenager’s become stressed over are major exams, maintaining a social life, and extracurricular activities. Teenagers in the 21st century are put under a lot of pressure throughout the course of their daily activities, which pushes them towards destructive behaviors and careless decisions.
Many angry crowds ask educators, “Why do our children rank merely average on the international scale?” America is the top ranked country in terms of spending on their children’s education, so why is it that their test results always land only slightly above average? There is are are many different answers, but one thing is clear: Americans get the schools they want. They are full of the latest technology that, in the scheme of things, make no difference, with dozens of sports that are considered by many to be even more important than education, and no consequences for bad grades or even failure. The reason America is not high on the global scale in terms of education can be explained through the eyes of three different students spending a year
In a survey done by the American Psychological Association, they found that 30 percent of teens were dealing with feelings of sadness or depression due to stress, while 31 percent felt overwhelmed. This is not new information. With standardized testing designed to make-or-break a student, homework, preparing for college, sports, extracurriculars, and spending time with family and friends, it is no wonder an average student’s anxiety is high- even higher than adults. Standardized testing, huge onslaughts of homework, and the pressure of getting into prestigious universities are all factors that induce stress, anxiety, and even depression.
Now, how many of these students do not typically undergo an encouraging experience within America’s high schools is what’s unsettling. Flipping through 3 significant sources, what was most commonly reported as a typical mood of a High School adolescent was stress, being the most talked about characteristic. Sophie Bethune notes that “Teens report that their stress level during the school year far exceeds what they believe to be healthy (5.8 versus 3.9 on a 10-point scale)” (Teen Stress Rivals That of Adults, apa.org) while Dr. Rosalind Dorlen on another source mentions that a majority of the symptoms reported from adolescents experiencing an abundance of stress include “a high level of stress are persistent and ongoing anxiety and depression, elevations in blood pressure and other somatic complaints.” (High School Seniors and Stress, stress.lovetoknow.com).
A very important factor of stress is school. School can cause a lot of stress. "One of the greatest sources of pressure is school. Where we are herded like cattle from room to room, chewing on our cud, while the hay of knowledge is force fed to us as we are trying our hardest to gulp it down as more and more is shovelled in"( ).Grades can act upon stress. Students may think that you always need good grades, parents can cause this or even just their own minds. Teens want to get into a good college so they stress. "Stress is created by parental pressure to perform and to stand out among other children. When they can't rise up to that expectation, or during the process of meeting it, children may suffer from frustration, physical stress, aggression, undesirable complexes, and depression"( ). Students who are involved in extra activities, usually develope unfriendliness, jealousy, shyness, and may become loners ( ). "Over scheduling a student's life can put them under stress. A child's in school and after school activities should be carefully arranged to give them some breathing space. Parents may want him to learn music, painting, or be outstanding in a