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Cale Sears

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Why aren't kids (+ young adults) given more credit?

Young people are full of ideas, plain and simple. I feel like many times someone with a great idea is cast aside because of their age, they just get pushed into this category of "child" with the stereotype that they're unknowledgeable and naive. Sometimes we need a little of that childlike belief that our problems CAN be solved. At the very least it makes the world seem a bit brighter.

So what can a young person do to have their ideas or solutions to problems taken more seriously?

What are some ways they could get creative?


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  • Dec 20 2011: We deserve respect because,
    1. we have to defend our ideas every day from scrutiny
    2. "Jonah Oakes" what about the 1.1 out of the 10,we shouldn't be ignored
    3. Classes have gotten harder, were were you at my age; alg.1 or geometry (hahaha)
    4. we are working to what? the generations before us have screwed up the economy, government, and other issue's ( not only in the U.S ) that make it harder for us to succeed in life!
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      Dec 20 2011: 1. EVERYONE has to defend their idea from scrutiny. Its called a competitive market!
      2. "Jaboc Ferragamo" The one in ten children (young adults) should have the responsibility to promote and capture interest in their own. We should not have to plead with young adults to give us credit.
      3. Im still in high school...and I am in AP Calculus. So good try on the joke, but sorry.
      4. Yes, let us pull an Obama on this. GEORGE BUSH screwed us up! How about we rise above that? The Great Generation rose above Hoover's Great Depression. They had it hard too, but they still pulled out and made their lives better. I hate people that whine. Take action!

      Plus, if you are going to be objective, please, be smart about it and edit your post.
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      Dec 20 2011: I agree with Johan, but I would like to add a post script... Actually, if you live in America... Your standards have been lowered over the last 40 years. We have been trying to make things "more fair", and so now, people graduate high school functionally illiterate. Any attempt to delude yourself into thinking you learned more in high school than your parents, is naive.

      Your parents studied harder subjects, and were expected to display greater mastery in said subjects than you are. The standards for graduating High School used to be much higher, that's why everyone who shows up, graduates now. School is no where near as competitive and results oriented as it used to be, and that's why, in my opinion, we've raised a generation of "adults" that can't think for themselves, or put their ideas into action. They got old, they graduated, but they didn't learn anything.
      • Dec 20 2011: David you are right on the parenting concept over this generation but, if anything, standardizing testing is a lot harder compared to the past. For a student trying to get accepted to college is a lot more competitive then in the past. To focus on the initial topic, parents usually both get the credit and the blame over the actions of the child because they are in charge of raising them. This does not mean that is right, but it is just a general reason for it. David, the problem is the parenting style of this generation and the general attitude of the generation, not their education.
      • Dec 20 2011: Hi David,
        You have some good points but I highly disagree with your presumption that our parents worked harder.
        I'm a senior in high school, and I can say that I have to work my butt off every day. I do at least 10 all nighters a year (last year, I did a 50 breadth of no sleep for testing). You know what I did on my birthday this year? I took a 3 and half hour AP test.

        Even my parents say school was easier back then. For my parents, only the smartest kids took calculus and physics. At my public school, only the stupid kids don't take calculus or physics.

        Colleges are far more competitive, and far harder than they've ever been. More kids go to college now then ever before, and as a result, colleges are getting incredibly competitive. The number of kids attending college has grown enormously (at my public school over 80% attend a college of some sort) but the number of colleges has not (as much).

        Colleges are less "results based" because everyone gets perfect results now. Not because the system is easier, but because the students are better. I'm in the 99th percentile for ACT scores, and yet I'm only in the middle 50% for those applying to the Ivy league.

        Even my friends from China, Korea, and India say that school here is very very hard if you want it to be.

        You see American education is different from most nations. If you don't try, you won't learn. Simple as that. Our education is even based on the principle of choice. You wanna learn, and you'll learn. You dont' want to, and you won't.

        But if you do try, the sky really is the limit. Sure, our averages may be sub-par for a first world nation, but we pump out better top students than other nations.

        And after all, its the few, not the many, that push society forward. Newton was one man, but his impact is greater than the impact of the entire nation of Yemen.
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          Dec 20 2011: I will concede that intelligent and hard working children that have chosen to learn, do work harder than their parents... but I would also argue that at best, that's 5% of the population. The other 95% had it much harder in the past, if they wanted to graduate high school.

          The gap between smart and stupid is increasing, as smart people have access to information they would not have in the past. There are more special programs for gifted children now. AP classes and college credit, are relatively common, among young intellectuals and that's a great thing...

          We have traded those things for lower standards for general graduation, however. Stupid people, are getting dumber, and they're being called graduates, despite being functionally illiterate, not just in high school, but all the way up through college... People who can't write in complete sentences, are graduating, and so, the value of the degree you're working hard to get, is being degraded by these people. If you don't get into an Ivy league school now, your degree is practically worthless, unless you're an engineer.

          Also, if you really believe this statement "Colleges are less "results based" because everyone gets perfect results now", you live in a white, rich, private school, bubble that is completely deluding you to reallity... Have you met some of the people who graduate from CSU's? Have you ever met regular people? Because, I have to tell you, I was in the 99th percentile in ACT's and SAT's, and because of this... I know... Most of the people graduating today, are idiots.

          Increased enrollment and graduation means lower standards, not higher ones. Yes 50k a semester schools are a bit different, but the amount of people that go to them, is virtually negligible, and even they have lowered their standards for rich doners... So even their degrees are a bit suspect now. I mean, our most famous businessmen left universities because they weren't challenging enough... The system doesn't work.
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          Dec 21 2011: Scott, I am saying this as a AP high school senior as well:

          The main difference between our generation and theirs is action. It is the impulse to act and the knowledge to turn facts into results. The thing is, perfect ACT's do not translate into success, even now, Ivy League does not translate into guaranteed job (just ask OWS). Their generation might have had few learning materials and programs, but they utilized a lot of what they knew because of their experience as WORKING men and women. The problem now is that perfect students now have no idea what is is like to be hired. Thus a lot, not all, go to college with out work experience. Consider Steve Jobs ("or the guy that you pick on because he walks a different route to regular English everyday"), the man did not have a perfect ACT, nor did he have a perfect moral record. He was also probably the kid that "forgot their homework on the desk." Yet, don't we all have to pay some respect to the Man. Steve Jobs knew the relationship between knowledge and action. Our kids today do not. This is why college graduates often have to be told what to do.

          (My AP English teacher would kill this essay. It is so off-track.)

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