Teenage News and Views

2.19.14

Student Loans Hit Record $1.08 Trillion; Delinquent Student Debt Rises To All Time High

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Chinese students boost US universities to all-time high in foreigner attendance driving up college costs

This is the globalization plan for American universities to increase foreign student body because they can afford to pay higher school tuition’s.

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Something Is Terribly Wrong

Increasingly for our young people, the world is not a safe place. In many areas of the country suicide has replaced car accidents as the leading cause of death. There are an estimated 8-25 attempted suicides

for each suicide death. Therefore, the suicide rate is only a small representation of the hopelessness being experienced by the younger generation. The misery index in this country for our young people is off the charts.

Since 1968, suicides for people aged 15-24 have risen over 300%

. This is a global phenomenon as suicide is now the second leading cause of death United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many countries of Western Europe. Russia, Vietnam and India are experiencing similar increases. What is the number one reason why teens are killing themselves? The straightforward and simple answer is that they have a foreboding sense of hopelessness. Life is bleak and meaningless and all their cell phones, IPADs and X-Box games can not fill the void of emptiness.

Hopelessness is the number one predictor of suicide.

Traditionally, when teens grow into adulthood, they begin to learn that they have a measure of control over their life. Through trial-and-error, teens gain knowledge and acquire the tools necessary to solve their problems in the best way that they are able.

In the past, when we felt hopeless, we pulled through our crises with the resources we had at our disposal and with the support from friends and family. Increasingly, that support has all but eroded. For teenagers, their overwhelming sense of hopelessness is enough to cause them to take their own lives. Most teens who survive suicide attempts say that they tried to kill themselves because they were trying to escape a situation that seemed impossible to deal with, or they were trying to escape overwhelming feelings like rejection, guilt, anger, or sadness in which they lacked any significant degree of control

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Confessions of a Teenage Suicidal Comic

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Secretary of Educations Plans for the Future of our Schools

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Today, where do these influences come from? A Gallup Poll from the late 1950′s asked teens to rate their biggest influences on their attitudes and lives and they listed these variables in the following order:

1. Parents       2. Church     3. Teachers   4. Peers   5. Media

Fifty years later, this same survey produced the following results:

1 & 2. Peers and media are in a virtual tie  

3. Parents   4. Teachers   5. Church

(information derived from a conference presentation on child safety sponsored by the state of Arizona in 2006).

One thought on “Teenage News and Views

  1. rajesh khanna April 21, 2016 at 7:32 AM Reply

    Increasingly for our young people, the world is not a safe place. In many areas of the country suicide has replaced car accidents as the leading cause of death
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