9 Big Issues Students Are Grappling With Right Now

Whether this is your first year teaching and you’re right out of school or you’ve been teaching for 30 years, the students sitting in your classroom are facing a different type of classroom than you had as a student. There is more technology, the subject material may vary slightly, but the biggest differences are likely cultural and social. The handy infographic below takes a look at the different issues facing ‘kids these days’. What are they? Keep reading to learn more. 

Issues Facing Today’s Students

  • Single Parent Households
  • Living in Poverty
  • Parentification
  • Violence
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Obesity
  • Education Disparity
  • Depression
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse


1 Comment

  1. Natalie

    April 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

    With the exception of cyberbullying, all these issues have been faced by students for several generations. These issues are not new, they have always been there. Remember latch key kids? Racial Segregation?

    You want to speak of new issues facing current students, you should address the overtesting, lack of funding, cutting of vital programs, lack of recess, PE, music, art, classroom overcrowding. Lack of qualified teachers, because they can no longer do their job properly.
    Kids are obese because they sit in a desk for 7 hours a day, they don’t know what play time is.
    Lack of parental involvement because most schools discourage it.
    An hour of homework a day for kindergarten kids, because 7 hours of school work isn’t enough. Because they couldn’t squeeze everything in to the day. (they spent over an hour of the day having the kids get in lines because they couldn’t stand perfectly still in a straight line)
    Rise in ADHD/ADD diagnosis because again, the kids can’t sit still for 7 hours. Because they didn’t have enough recess, PE, or breaks.

    I could go on and on. Again, not new issues, not even really different issues. Poverty, Bullying, Violence didn’t just magically appear in the last 10 years. All this money that did just magically appear for security, should have been spent to hire additional teachers, repair broken playgrounds, buy school supplies, renovate failing buildings, build new schools.
    If kids were given time to be more then just a test score, spent real time caring about kids issues, fixing problems in disparity, truly building self esteem, providing environments in which kids can actually succeed, perhaps if they had more self worth, we would see a decrease in violence in schools.

    Any kid can succeed if given the right tools, all this article does is show how blind we have become.