High school students continue to face a number of problems every school year. Ranging in severity, some will tell you that high school troubles are a part of growing up, while others suggest that high school is becoming increasingly difficult and something needs to change.
No matter which side of the argument you fall on, the truth is, there are some issues our children are going to continue to face as they enter their high school years.
And, here are the most common.
1. Too Much Exposure
With the rise of social media, our high schoolers are often more connected to their community than ever before. No longer are students restricted to their schoolmates and family since everything is so accessible via the internet.
Because of this increased social media exploration, it is thought that high school students are exposed even more to riskier behavior. And in fact, to maintain their cool image or rise in social media stardom through views, likes, and favorites, some teens will use their social media accounts to post about their alcohol and drug use.
2. Lack of Arts
There is no denying that public school art programs are continually in danger of being eliminated from school curriculums. Thanks to budget cuts and a focus on academic test scores, art programs are often viewed as unnecessary to a student’s overall education.
For example, art programs – involving music, theater, drawing, painting, sculpting, and more – are often those classes students use as a creative outlet and are most interested in.
Bullying is not only more pervasive, but is also easier to do with the advent of the Internet and social media. With the rise of cyberbullying, this has moved beyond a problem faced at school or on the street to something kids have to deal with at all times.
Social media, text messaging, instant messaging services, and email are all platforms used to bully high school students that may not fit the popular norm.
And, since strangers, as well as schoolmates, have access to comments, posts, and pictures, the damage done by bullying is more far-reaching and emotionally traumatic. As a result, it is necessary to teach conflict resolution activities to kids. It drastically lowers bullying and encourages positive social interactions.
4. Tough Transition
The transition from high school to college can be difficult for students who were not challenged enough in their public high school. In fact, academic overload is one of the biggest challenges high school students face when transitioning to college.
One way to avoid this increased demand is to enroll your child in boarding school. In fact, they offer students an arduous college preparatory curriculum designed to maximize their potential, prepare them for the best colleges and universities in the country, and instill in them a love for lifelong learning.
Also, high school students gearing up to start college courses are met with trouble managing their time and money. This is especially true if your child gets a part – or full-time job. Juggling the excess demands can cause a student to fail in many areas of life, especially their classwork.
Lastly, high school students that are used to their parents caring for their every need often struggle when it comes to being a college student. Many of the personal responsibilities that should have been mastered by now are still non-existent, which can cause a lot of stress.
Luckily, attending boarding school helps your student to master both time management and personal responsibility skills so that when it comes time to transition to college, whether living at home or not, your student is ready to take on the brand new world.
In the end, high school students will always face the pressures of becoming an adult while attending school. Becoming more aware, and trying to alleviate some of the pressure will help your children grow as well-rounded adults.
Written by Meghan Hale, a content writer at Plant Sumo and editing machine. You’ll find me yelling at my dog to stop barking, whether it be at the neighbours or on a long afternoon walk