What's Up With Seventh Grade
Middle school is by far the worst three years of a student's life, as they are stuck in between elementary and high school. Tweens are faced with cringey and embarrassing moments as well as, isolation, regrets, anxiety, stress, plus the worst of all, bullying. It may sound a bit hunger-games, but that’s how it feels in the mind of some middle schoolers.
In my opinion, 7th grade is the worst for behavior because kids know exactly what they can and can’t get away with. During 6th grade, students are getting used to the experience of middle school. It’s all very new and scary, but they soon learn what’s acceptable and what’s not. Plus, Students get to know some of the teachers which proves helpful when they are up to no good. Speaking from a middle schooler's perspective, I’ve seen the escalation of behavior around me at PASB, right before my eyes. But let me assure you that it’s not the whole seventh grade who have created this stereotype.
Part of this issue is their age, kids are becoming teenagers, which could bring out a more rebellious side to some characters. Suddenly your parents seem against you, it may feel as if your teachers are picking on you and the only people who understand you are your best friends who could turn against you at any time. (Now this is definitely sounding like a hunger game’s trailer).
I asked some fellow 7th graders some questions to find out about their opinions on the ‘curse of 7th grade’.
1 - Do you feel 7th grade is the worst behaved grade?
Anonymous 1 - No
Anonymous 2 - Yes
Anonymous 3 - Yes, at least 7th grade in PASB
Anonymous 4 - Yes, from what I am aware and what teachers/adults/students say.
2 - What made you answer the way you did?
Anonymous 1 - I still haven’t seen what all the grades are like and I didn’t find this year much different from the other ones.
Anonymous 2 - Classmates and teachers
Anonymous 3 - People don’t know what respect, responsibility, selflessness, leadership, integrity, collaboration and kindness are.
Anonymous 4 - The behaviour of a frightening amount of students is appalling, not many people appreciate what people do for them and they lack a lot of respect.
3 - What do you think causes this, what are the issues we are experiencing?
Anonymous 1 - They want to do everything and look cool and funny but end up making wrong choices.
Anonymous 2 - Irresponsibility and immaturity
Anonymous 3 - They think everything is a joke. That every consequence is stupid. They think if they do something wrong, it won’t affect them badly. They don’t respect their teachers neither their friends/classmates.
Anonymous 4 - I think the age, lack of any great consequence for misbehaving and influence (peer pressure are major contributors to the reason 7th graders are so rude and disrespectful
4 - Do you think we should have gone on a trip this year?
Anonymous 1 - I would have loved to go on a trip but last year we had quite a lot of problems, I didn’t go on the trip last year so I can’t judge the other people, but again I would have loved to go on a trip.
Anonymous 2 - Probably not
Anonymous 3 - We should have had one. But unfortunately, because the majority of people don't think about the consequences, we didn't get the chance to.
Anonymous 4 - I think it was a shame that the students who do behave well had to suffer the punishments of others, but if I was a teacher, I would not want to bring this group of seventh graders on a trip.
Based on the opinions of some of my 7th grade peers, it seems there really is a curse for 7th grade. But the real question is, how do we stop our current 6th graders from continuing the legacy? How do we lift the curse?...
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