How School Is Portrayed On Television

Bella Umentum, Fall 2014 J1 student

We grow up watching television shows with high school kids facing problems and finding themselves along the way, but once we get to high school ourselves, we find the TV shows we grew up watching aren’t exactly the real deal.

After high school, we’re sent out into the world. For the first time in our lives we’re on our own. We come here to learn things that will help us to handle the real world.

High school isn’t just messing around and partying. We learn how to handle our responsibilities and get by on less sleep than expected.

On television, high school is just a time to hangout and meet after school at the mall.

If that were what real high school was like, then I think we’d all pretty much fail, and C students would be getting into Harvard.

If high school meant getting out and back into trouble, would students learn anything?

In reality, we do need to study and work hard for our goals. We don’t just float through high school until we graduate. Hard work and good grades will get you where you want to be, and that’s the only way to get there.

The television shows kids watch when they are young are funny and are meant to be but can lead children to believe that high school is just four years to have fun. In reality, it’s the time of their lives that they have to start working toward their futures.

Therefore, children shouldn’t be watching the misleading behavior seen on some TV shows at such an impressionable age.