The Attention Span of Our Youths

By Ethan Martinez

In World War II, the American school system ranked number one in education around the world. Over the years, a steady decrease in attention spans of children drastically changed position in the public school system ranking. Now placing at seventeen, the United States struggles to keep test scores and grades of students at average. The blame game takes off on the media and other sources for the reason children’s minds turn to goop after excessive hours of sitting in front of screens.

Test scores and other factors of learning show all the proof there is in the world of learning. The question remains of what could the future hold for us when our future is slacking in school? When viewing an ordinary school classroom, what improvements could the person see? Thoughts like these can change the countries direction and affect our future.

The average student studies from 30 minutes to an hour each day. When contrasted to television or the Internet, homework seems to be the last thing on a child’s mind. This contributes to the errors of the way of studying and reading

Although media accounts for most distractions, the monitors cannot take all the blame. Parents control what the child does in their spare time and how long they take part in that such activity. For example, when a child watches excessive amounts of TV and ignores homework, it is the parent’s responsibility, not the violent shows the child watches.

When articles written about the future of our country lead back to classrooms, people tend to make cliché statements about how this affects the ways of life. Over exaggerations may frighten others, but the real fear is fear itself. Kids will grow up to realize that the world works differently than it looks like.

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