Or period. While there are differences in today's schools from yesteryear, ist is more a difference of degree. We had the same jocks, geeks and so on (stoners were an emerging category at the time) and in-crowds 50-60 years ago just as we do today.<quoted text>
Some very good points Chimney, but alot of what foreigners see is Hollywood exaggeration. My entire education was at schools in the US, and there were many. In my personal experiences I have not witnessed such "drama" as is portrayed by Hollywood. Sure, you've got the subdivisions such as jocks, geeks, stoners, and such, but you've also got the majority who are students interested in learning and are not bothered at all by these groups. There is peer pressure to a certain extent, but I don't think it's any different from other countries.
I also find it difficult to place excessive blame on these difference as if they have become so much more important now than before. Especially in light of the "No Child Left Behind" philosophy prevalent today and de-emphasis on winner and losers.
The Hollywood comment is right on the mark, BTW.
And more attention from the parents. Parental involvement seems to be at a all time low coupled with the widespread belief that their kids are always right and any failure is the failure of the educational system.Other contributing factors such as increase in violence, population, available communications, etc. should also be considered. It's a very complex environment which certainly deserves more attention from the scientific community.
We once had a kid arrested for bringing a loaded 9mm to school. When the parents were notified, they complained that we must have a very bad school (we didn't, by any measure) that their son needed to bring a weapon. WTF???
(I was a teacher in that high school so this isn't second hand information)
Agreed.If some of these troubled teens look to religion as a crutch, then all the power to them. Maybe it's the best solution for them, but as SBT believes, it is still not a reason to push creationalism in school. Religion should be an individual belief, and not part of an academic agenda. I would not go to a church to seek knowledge on quantum mechanics, and I would not go to school to seek the word of God.