Saturday, 11 July, 2020

Teen Speech: A Teacher’s Point of View


If you ever take the time to walk around our campus, between classes, and listen to the people around you, you might find yourself listening to cruel words and foul language. 

What got teenagers cursing, and what effects follow this foul language? This was the question pitched to some of our CMMS/HS teachers.

7th-12th grade art teacher, Mrs. Ames, can relate on a parent’s level of the topic.

 “ It has to do with media: TV, movies, etc, even with the PG13 rating, they’re exposed to more. It used to be ‘Oh no, it’s cursing!’ Where, now the reaction is, ‘Oh, it’s no big deal.’ … I was looking through my son’s English report and I see the word ‘effing.’ It’s become a normal, almost”

Some other teachers have heard it in public places, in front of parents and sometimes even younger siblings. Everywhere, really.

Mrs. Marcus, 8th grade English/ ⅞ grade reading teacher, and Mrs. Garcia, honors 8th grade English teacher, give us their opinion on our generation’s language

“ Social media, access to social media… younger people are becoming desensitized especially in inappropriate places, like family restaurants. Before, you only heard these words in movies, now you hear them everywhere. It ruins the professionalism around adults/ high authority people.”

Has this been around longer and we’ve only brought it up now? 

When asked, Mr. Barrow, 7th and 8th grade science teacher, gives a quick answer to that question. 

“ I think it was pretty common when I was in school too. I think they (the students) do it (curse) because they want to be funny or get their emotions out. They don’t see any harm in doing this.”

In the end, with all our teacher’s answers, we can conclude that cursing and foul language has become a norm amongst the younger generation, especially in school, from the recent exposure to social media.

What’s your opinion?

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