In the spirit of January's "Spoiled"
There are many factors contributing to problems in school, but two major ones are ignorance and disrespect. Kids in America are so spoiled and many do not care about the world around them. They only care about themselves. They do not know that 64 kids die in Africa every minute, and frankly they couldn't care less.
Just the other day the yearbook committee at my school was asking for donations to help a boy with leukemia, and do you know what one kid said? "I don't care - let him die." I think this kind of callous disrespect could be prevented if kids read more about different situations they are oblivious too.
Another major issue is kids' lack of respect. They go stampeding around like they are kings and queens. Some seriously believe they are smarter than their teachers. I believe that these kids' parents are not raising them right, letting them do whatever they want. Or maybe it is a lack of discipline. Whatever it is, it needs to stop.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.