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The most compelling problem that I feel youth face in the twenty-first century is staying in school. The education system seems to focus more on preparing students to pass state required testing opposed to equipping students with the knowledge and technology skills necessary to become competitive in the workplace. Therefore, many students find themselves unable to apply what they are learning in the classroom with everyday life, job skills and experiences that would increase their desire to remain in school. Many educators don’t understand that this generation was borne into an era of technology. I consider this generation the microwave generation. What I mean is that at we have been slightly handicapped and placed at a disadvantage because we live in a world of fast food, computers with fast access to the internet and we watch and play videos that entertain us. Teachers assume that when we come into the class room we are able to take today’s technology and combine it with old school skills without having been taught the basic fundamentals. For instance, many students believe that research is going on the internet instead of going to the library and using the card catalogue to investigate your topic. They also believe that research is re writing what you have printed off of the internet instead of reading and gaining an understanding of what you are researching and then writing a paper based on what you have come to understand. Because today’s generation is used to fast and easy gratification, many of us expect to have the answers to our questions handed to us instead of using our brains to think problems and solutions through. Society has played a helping hand in crippling a generation because what should be considered abnormal is viewed as acceptable. Today, many young men and women are becoming parents before they are even out of school. Raising a child or supporting the children is taking a front seat to education. Instead of working hard to graduate or get a better education many students are faced with the choice of dropping out and finding a job in order to support their family. There is also the seductive call of the streets and fast money. Many young men and women are leaving school and engaging in what is considered the fast or street life in order to support a particular lifestyle that consists of the latest fashions, cars and jewelry. When they consider the work and hours it takes to be successful in the long run, they are convinced that an education is not worth the time or effort.
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