Challenges Facing Teenagers in Secondary Schools and Proffered Solutions


Ejuchegahi A. Angwaomaodoko


This paper explores the multifaceted challenges faced by teenagers in New Jersey's high school system and proposes comprehensive solutions to address these issues. The study highlights the stark contrast within New Jersey's educational landscape, where predominantly white populations enjoy a high-quality education in top public schools, while students of color, immigrants, and those from low-income backgrounds endure a significantly deteriorated school system. Among the myriad challenges confronting secondary school students are violence, sexual assault, poverty, and social anxiety. Strangely enough, the high use and rate of drug addiction among teenagers highly impair their cognitive and social adjustment. To do away with these problems, the paper proposes that social workers be incorporated into school settings. Social workers will identify and work with students in need of support facing various kinds of difficulty, thus promoting a safer and more supportive school climate. It, therefore, advocates for more tightened regulation in the use of social sites among teenagers and the use of drugs and alcohol by the government and institutions of learning. This would not only make students keen on developmental activities, both at school and outside school, but would also lead to adherence to other school rules and regulations, respectively. By leveraging the support of parents, schools, communities, and government agencies, the proposed solutions aim to create a more equitable and conducive educational experience for all teenagers in New Jersey. This approach underscores the need for a holistic effort to address the systemic disparities and enhance the overall well-being and academic success of secondary school students.