What Are The Problems, Issues, And Concerns In School?
Adolescence is a time in a young person’s life that is filled with difficult lessons, immense physical growth, surging hormones, and a newfound need for autonomy. Teenagers are designed to test limits, push boundaries, and engage in behaviors that help them discover their true selves and begin to cultivate a moral compass. The teenage brain is not yet fully developed, and will not reach full development until age twenty-five, at the earliest. A teenager relies heavily on the amygdala (the area of the brain associated with impulses, emotions, aggression, instinctive behavior, and plays a role in sexual activity and libido) when reacting to certain stimuli whereas an adult relies on the prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain that is involved in planning, self-control, and decision making) when reacting to the same stimuli. Hence, teenagers instinctively react to stimuli emotionally and often without any consideration of foresight or rational thought. Part of growing up in America is the necessity for education and to attend some type of school through the duration of one’s adolescence. School is also often the place where young people work out much of their teenage angst. Hence, there are a variety of school-related challenges that young people face during adolescence.
Problems, Issues, and Concerns
Each teen is different and will be faced with unique problems, issues, and concerns when it comes to school, including but not limited to the following examples:
- Problems: include problems that a teenager may be experiencing that affects his or her performance in school, such as:
- Bullying: 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.”
- Violence in schools
- Issues: include issues that a teenager may be struggling with that affects his or her performance in school, such as:
- Academic pressure: defined as “an experience in which a student is burdened by the demands of time and energy to achieve specific academic goals. The stress can come from a variety of potential sources and have a myriad of impacts on students both emotionally and academically.”
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Concerns: include concerns that a teenager may be grappling with that affects his or her performance in school, such as:
- Physical appearance
- Academic concerns
- Gender identity
- Mental health
The school-related problems, issues, and concerns that arise will be distinct to everyone. Facing school-related difficulties and learning to navigate the challenges of adolescence in and out of a school setting can help a young person’s social and emotional growth and development.
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