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Ben Rubin

Ben Rubin

Student at Northeastern University
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    I was born in ‘97 and I’ve seen this stress first-hand. Even once the last bell rings we go home only to do homework and study, when do we get a break to be kids and rest our minds? Plus the sole respite my generation turns to is social media that distorts our view of others and drives our self-disdain ever higher; It seems once a week I learn a friend of mine suffers from anxiety, depression, and/or ADHD (but that’s another discussion). It’s clear our country’s education system desperately needs

    I was born in ‘97 and I’ve seen this stress first-hand. Even once the last bell rings we go home only to do homework and study, when do we get a break to be kids and rest our minds? Plus the sole respite my generation turns to is social media that distorts our view of others and drives our self-disdain ever higher; It seems once a week I learn a friend of mine suffers from anxiety, depression, and/or ADHD (but that’s another discussion). It’s clear our country’s education system desperately needs rethinking, I’m no expert but I think the first step is to eradicate standardized testing: Teach us to learn, not merely to memorize.

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    Speaking from my own experiences as a student at Northeastern University, this “student engagement” decline can be attributed to two factors: 1) lack of self motivation, and 2) misdirected goals.

    I’m a junior currently, but until this semester I never went to the library; I had no drive to because I wasn’t passionate about my major. Talking with classmates, this is often the case. The amount of students who enter into business and engineering schools simply for the “guaranteed” paycheck they’ve been

    Speaking from my own experiences as a student at Northeastern University, this “student engagement” decline can be attributed to two factors: 1) lack of self motivation, and 2) misdirected goals.

    I’m a junior currently, but until this semester I never went to the library; I had no drive to because I wasn’t passionate about my major. Talking with classmates, this is often the case. The amount of students who enter into business and engineering schools simply for the “guaranteed” paycheck they’ve been promised out of undergrad is astounding. Our generation as been preached to since middle school that a college diploma is necessary for a job and, by extensive, a satisfying life. We should not be surprised that students lack any self motivation, their only motivation is external—financial stability.

    This problem is only exacerbated by the internet and the ease this gives us in skimping out on immersive engagement in assignments. We text pictures of homework to one another, and google difficult problems constantly, the flawed logic is that the all that matters is the grade at the end. We do not care about the knowledge the grade supposedly represents, only the 1-4.0 gradient that shows up at the end.

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    “Yet Biden’s skepticism about the field could alienate female and minority voters who are excited that several women and African-Americans are expected to run.” I truly hope we as democrats can unite and pool our democratic strength under policies and stability. We all agree on the importance of diversity and inclusion, but I am worried this can end up dividing us more.

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