homework. Indeed many underscored a strong belie in the value o scienceeducation. Nonetheless, all o them accepted the premise o the contest, whichis that many young Americans show little interest in science education.The ideas expressed by the students highlight the issues o concern tohigh school students in the 21st century. We oten hear and read reports aboutstudents rom high school principals, teachers, counselors and parents. The essay contest is a rare occasion when students articulate their own views about theproblems in the educational system and even suggest ways to solve them. Inact, in answering the question
Why do so many young Americans today show little interest in science education?
they did not mince words.
High School Students’ Opinions
The ollowing section quotes the students’ own words, with their originalgrammar and spelling or the most part preserved intact. (Words and phrasesused by the students are indicated in italics.)
The MTV Generation
A large number o high school students placed the blame on the general Americanculture and their own generation
They aulted the prolieration o technology that makes lie easier yet more distracting, and they aulted themselves as well.This is, many argue, a generation that is all too ready to use available technology,or any other means, to avoid disciplined learning or sustained eort. Studentsdescribe their generation as
lazy, lacking in drive
, or motivatedlargely to nd paths o least eort to ame, ortune, or nancial security. Forexample:
Science requires a certain amount o diligence and perseverance, which is not ound among the MTV generation. The youth have grown lazy and decadent, and reuse to put orth the amount o work necessary to excel in science. The alternatives presented by the mass media are ar too tempting or the average youth. The sudden digitizing o entertainment has made Americans dependent on immediate and constant ow o enjoyable stimulus responses. . . .The current generation o students would much rather play video games and watch television than work or a solid uture.Many people in my school are very lazy and don’t want to work. They only care about the celebrities, popularity, and music.Young adults today are more interested in doing activities that require less work and more un, in my opinion.