What Are The Common Problems In School?

What Are The Common Problems In School

As young people learn to navigate and interact with the world around them, they are simultaneously grappling with intense pressures, surging hormones, and are faced with countless lessons thrust upon them during adolescence. Part of growing up in America is the necessity for education and the obligation to attend some type of school through the duration of one’s adolescence. There is a plethora of school related issues that plague the education system in America. Many young people struggle with different challenges regarding school. Whether it be common problems, such as bullying, student health, over-populated class sizes, and more, young people must deal with a lot during their school-aged years. Every teen is different and will have a somewhat unique adolescent experience especially as it relates to school.

Bullying

School is a place for young people to flex their social muscles and experience different types of relationships. Unfortunately, this also makes school a common place for bullying. Young people will inevitably experience being personally offended for some reason, as well as intentionally or unintentionally offending someone else. Bullying, however, goes beyond an accidentally painful encounter between teens. Bullying is defined as “an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical, and/ or social behavior that intends to cause physical, social, and/ or psychological harm.” A victim of bullying will be unable to stop the hurtful behaviors from occurring, and often, the bullying will happen repeatedly. Both victims of bullying and young people exhibiting bullying behaviors are suffering in some way and are essentially letting out a cry for help. 

Student Health

During adolescence young people become keenly aware of their appearance and how it can affect their interactions with the world around them. There are a variety of common health issues that students face. Child obesity, for example, has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Harvard Health explains “The healthy range for body mass index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9. Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9, and obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher.” Obesity can increase a student’s risk for developing other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Apart from obesity, teenagers are on a perpetual path of self-discovery, including how they would like to appear and be perceived by others, which can lead to unhealthy choices.

Growing Class Sizes

The average student to teacher ratio in America is 16:1, with the lowest at 11:1 and the highest at 27:1. Over the past several decades, the class sizes have changed, and although increasing the number of students to teacher may save school districts money, it also affects the quality of learning available to students. With a poor student teacher ratio, for example, a student that requires a small amount of additional guidance, or further explanation on a subject, will be less likely to receive the brief one-on-one attention needed. 

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