What do you believe about school?...These Teens Today

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Female, 12

What do you believe about school?

I think that school is not the best place to be mostly because of all the drama that happens with your friends at school, Rumors that get spread around the whole 7th grade, and bullies. I have this one friend that is disabled and our "group" sits with him at lunch everyday. This one day some jerks where throwing grapes at him, RUDE huh. Another thing about school is you NEVER get one on one time with teachers, so it makes it frustrating.

What do you wish adults knew?...These Teens Today

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Female, 13

What do you wish adults knew?

I wish adults knew what teens are thinking. Teens there days keep everything to themselves. They want to keep there emotions in tacked. Adults need to talk to us teens more often then they think. Even if they just ask "how was your day" or " what did you do today?" would be amazing, Because there are a lot of teens who are holding there breaths and don't want to talk to anyone about there problems. So I want adult to know that they want to talk to us about anything.

What do you believe about relationships?...These Teens Today

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Male, 16

What do you believe about relationships?

In high school they will probably not always going to work out because some of the girls and guys are crazy or dramatic. Even if they say they have been in a relationship they have benefited or learned from or felt confident about, they are probably lying because they are drama queens. They just want a lot of attention. I think relationships are important because it is nice to have someone on you side and supporting you besides just friends and family. I think it is good to have practice to be in a real relationship, otherwise why bother dating. There is no such thing as "friends with benefits" because that is actually just a relationship.

What do you believe about life?...These Teens Today

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Male, 16

To be honest I really do not see the point of life, other than consequence, progress and difference. The only thing I think life is about is making progress and consequences for things.

I do not see why life and death matter except for fear of death. I fear death. Life is tedious or a lot of work and I am not going to lie, I am lazy. I like some work but it has to be something I like.

It really does not matter what you believe in or have religion.....it is more about what you believe in or what you do. You do not need them, you may think it sounds good and live by the rules but you may not totally believe in it. Maybe you just think they are good rules to live by. Change is a big part of life and it is important.

What do you believe about your country?,,,These Teens Today

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What do you believe about your country?

Male, 16

I think it is going downhill. For example the feminist movement has gotten so bad that some guys are losing their jobs because they give wrong looks or make joke that are taken out of proportion. Women have more of a say because because they have more of a victim role or can play it better than men. Some men are really doing horrible things to women and some women take advantage of the victim role and it is out of hand. Some things are unfair because it can be the same thing but okay for one but not another. SO like, in bar a man can slap a woman on the butt and it could be he is seen as a jerk but if a woman did the same it would be seen a t flirty and cute. If a man hits a woman it is automatically abusive but if a woman hits a man she was just defending herself or being strong. Other movements are not great. I think people with a movement should have a website or Facebook, build support but not riot or protesting.

What do you believe about teens?...These Teens Today

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What do you believe about teens?

Female, 13

Teens are just people trying to discover their emotions. They are just trying to find out who they life or who they don't. What they find sad or funny.

Female, 14

I believe that we are stubborn people. We always think we're right about everything, but most of the time we aren't

Female, 13

I believe to much is expected of them so they get stressed when they don't do perfect on something.

 

What do you believe about school?...These Teens Today

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What do you believe about school?

Female, 16

I believe that school is everything that we need. But they say they are preparing us for life and really all they're preparing us to see that we can't trust people. That's how life is you can't really trust people but then we end up building on the walls and then the teacher wonders why you were so upset inside, and why we don't see or think, or I'm totally want to see because we love these walls because they show us that we can't trust people.

He just gave us deadlines yet it takes them all semester to grade our paper from the very beginning of it. We are told that this needs to happen we need to write a certain way we must be perfect in every way you must have good grades he must have this must have that.

 School is like a society it creates these images of what we're supposed to be like yet nobody ever reaches them and as soon as they do all you get is a pat on the shoulder and says nice. School is turning the teenagers and Millennials how we hate people they are because we're so focused on technology. Now because we're using technology to do research for assignments to finish an assignment to turn it in the schools are teaching us to use technology at our fingertips 24/7 and not use a textbook or use paper or anything yet we are getting looked down at because it's all we ever do is have a phone or some electronic device in her hand because that is what we are taught. We are not taught about life we are taught technology to have everything at our hand yeah what are we supposed to do with everything at our hands if we're not taught how to use it.

School has guidelines and we have to learn certain things, but really when am I ever going to use world history and when am I ever going to bring up the Rosetta Stone in a conversation? I am not going to be a history major of the world and how the Inca people became. I'm going to be doing surgeries I don't really need to know the history of why they choose a snake and Eagle on a cactus for their flat. I only need to know about the chemical stuff. I need to know how the body and the brain works. Yes it is great for us to expand our Horizons but how far is too far. It's great that we get other knowledge of people around us but at the same time why you known to the people around us is all we do is turn out.

School get us ready for society. Not for life getting us ready for life would be a taxes and stress and not being able to pay bills and maybe not being food on the table for my family. Not, "Oh can I turn this paper in on time". Or "How fast can I read 200 words." Or "How many push-ups can I do in a minute? how many sit-ups can I do in a minute?"

Yes physical health is great but I'm not going to use that in life. When am I ever going to go to a job interview and they're going to ask me how many sit-ups can you do in a minute. They're going to ask me what my GPA is and I'm going to have to frown and tuck my head down because I might have to tell them that my GPA is a 3.0 or 2.5 because I can't understand what my teacher was teaching you but she got all the credit because the kids all knew what she was doing, got good grades so the teacher good all the credit and I just look like a failure. Although I'm trying my hardest and I'm trying to get help from my teachers I still get looked down on because I can't meet their standards.

My favorite picture is a fish in a bowl and an elephant and then a bird and the same test is given to where they have to climb a tree. You can't expect people to learn the same way so I teach the same way. And if you can get people to learn the same way and why give the teachers the credit if you can't get the student the credit for the hard work they been putting in. If the students cannot stand it it more than 80% of the class.

What do you wish adults knew?...These Teens Today.

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What do you wish adults knew?

Female, 14

When a child is yelling at you and saying hurtful things most of the time they are just calling for help and stay close to your kid don’t just let them run off and do what ever. There is a lot of rape, sex, abuse, bullying, drugs, suicide, and more worse things in the world that can change a life forever. Kids deserve freedom but they are still kids and stay under your roof. They can do whatever they want when the day they turn 18.

What do you believe about relationships?...These Teens Today

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What do you believe about relationships?

Female, 14

I believe relationships can be beautiful. And some toxic, they can teach many lessons, but today's teens think a sexual relationship is the only relationship and that is not true. Being happy with yourself and not putting yourself in the hands of others because it's "cool" is a healthier relationship all around.

What do you believe about adults?...These Teens Today

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What do you beleive about adults?

Male, 16

New teachers need to have more control and more consequences to progress. Adults need to quit yelling! Just talk soft and go to counseling. Sometime I find it hard to tell if someone is mad or just loud. Adults seem to think they are the law! Even though they have strict childhoods, they just need to take a chill pill.

What do you believe about teens?... These Teens Today

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Male 16

What do you believe about teens?

They really just need to suck it up! They are often drama queens but people are in competition for who has the worst life. Most of these kids have great lives and do not even realize it. Many people do not even have what these kids have. Everyone has their own different problems and deal it in different ways. They should all know that anything that improves your life is technology, not just computers.