Broaching the topic of social media usage and self-image with our teens is often challenging—talking about it in a vacuum, even more so. Pop culture films, such as Bo Burnham’s 8th Grade, shed some light on real issues affecting our teens.
In our increasing culture of instal-perfect lives, there has begun a trend towards creating a perfect appearance. But, its driving kids into major stress. There doesn't seem to be any room for failure? Or mistakes?
Jake started with a composite score of 19 on his initial diagnostic. A junior at a competitive private school in the Los Angeles area, he struggled with math fundamentals and he self-identified as “bad at reading”. He also worried that he “was never taught any grammar in school.” Jake was concerned that he would not get into a competitive college with his initial score yet was ambivalent about the ACT Prep process.
It seems rather obvious but we work with a lot of students. Guess what? Today's teenager often thinks that reading the headings and using the power point is enough to score well on the test. Its not. It's so important to actually read the textbook.