As I have grown among Generation Z, I’ve noticed two attitudes within our culture: firstly, a lack of faith on society’s part and resultant low expectations toward adolescents; and a disturbing “I-don’t-care attitude” concerning the world that many teenagers portray.
Throughout history, adolescents have been called to and have met adult-like challenges. This was the norm. As soon as children showed maturity, they were treated as adults. Unfortunately, society began lowering the bar for youth, and, consequently, youth lowered their standards to meet this cultural expectation.
As a result, self-centeredness and immaturity among youth has pervaded America, and people now accept this attitude as part of being a teen.
Adolescent years are vital, when one’s worldview is molded and character shaped. Now is not time to waste, but to invest wisely.
Today’s teens are America’s future. Raise the bar and teens will rise to the challenge of changing their community, and consequently the world.