Students In The United States Taking Public Education For Granted

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Students In The United States Taking Public Education For Granted

Dana Mohamed, Staffer

For the time that I’ve lived in the United States, I’ve realized that kids here choose whether or not they want to attend class or come to school, which I feel like it’s too much freedom. They can ditch or not come and if they come, they choose to stay on their phones.

Having a choice to come to school has never been a thing for me until I came to the United States in 2016. I find it odd that parents don’t really have a say in whether or not their kids come to school, I get the feeling that they don’t really care.

Sometimes when I’m walking in the hallway I see some kids walking in the halfway talking about ditching their next class. Other kids post on their social media the number of absences they have, and the numbers are ridiculous.

School is the least of their worries. I’m a person that cares a lot about grades but I feel like when we get to high school, we think that we can do whatever we want. I think that’s because at this point in life everyone around you is saying you’re old enough to know what’s right and what’s wrong and so then we think okay our life is our choice.

I think it’s gotten worse since the pandemic because now we have much more freedom. Anyone can just use covid as an excuse to miss school whenever they want. I have myself experienced it, in the school year I messed up a lot of school days.

The lack of motivation can lead us to be lazy and not do anything. Which is something that we all experience at some point whether it’s now or later. But we shouldn’t keep using that excuse to run from our responsibilities because as teenagers our biggest responsibility is coming to school.