Boaz Oswald- 17 November 2021
The education system has become increasingly prevalent in the lives of youth. No longer is school just a place of intellectual learning, but it has also become the primary protection for children. Too many children do not have support from their families, so schools have regulated that support to every student. The article, “Why Supreme Court Case about Cheerleader's Snapchat Rant Matters to Students Everywhere,” by Aaron Tang, provides one such example of school’s involvement in the life of teens. Though this particular example given by the article is interesting, I think it brings up some more deeply rooted issues such as what should be the role of schools in the personal lives of youth? Should this role be expanded or reduced? What effect does the knowledge that there is support in school have on the relationship between parent and child? Should we, the citizens of America, expect the government to provide support to all children? Is that even reasonable?
I understand the want to make all lives and situations fair, especially for children who cannot control their own setting. Of course things cannot become truly fair, but striving towards that as a goal could be seen as very beneficial. I, however, am cautious to give more power to sources, that are not the family, to change a child’s life. There are certainly circumstances where governments and schools need to get involved in the life of a student because of dangers and responsibilities at home. Child abuse and is far too big of a problem to let go. But by ensuring the safety of every teen, parents' expectations, both societal and personal, to be the main provider and protector are lightened. This, I believe, is why the family has seen a huge hit in importance lately. Divorces have increased exponentially and home’s where support is present have arguably dropped even faster. There is no doubt that the family is where the best and most individualized support can come from and that is being overlooked. Getting back a sense of responsibility in society is, I think, a lot harder than not losing it in the first place, so I do not think we should revert power from local schools and governments to help in this area, but I do not think that more power should be given to them. To do so would widen the gap between parent and child even more.