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Tell Us What Issues Kids Are Facing In 2024 That Were Never A Thing Before

Recently, a teacher went viral on TikTok for talking about just how behind students are in school. "I teach seventh grade, they are still performing on a fourth grade level," @qbthedon said.

Fourth grade level reading book "The Babysitter's Club" compared next to a seventh grade level reading book, "The Giver"

Many teachers stitched or commented on the video with their own similar experiences.

Teachers giving examples how far behind their students are as well
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Since that video went viral, I've come across quite a few videos of teachers saying that today's kids are much different than previous generations, both in performance and behavior. In one case, a creator revealed that she kept a TikTok folder containing all of the videos she saw of teachers crying as a result of Gen Alpha's poor behavior.

A commenter saying their mom was a teacher for 20 years and quit because of Gen Alphas
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So tell me, whether you're a teacher or parent, what school-related issues are your kids having that weren't a thing when you were their age?

Maybe you're a teacher and you've noticed that trying to keep the attention of the class is basically non-existent compared to 10 years ago. You are convinced that, because of social media and TikTok, today's students' attention spans are much shorter.

An occupied small school boy with smartphone sitting at the desk in classroom
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Maybe, like this parent, you've noticed your younger students are much more aggressive and disrespectful to their peers. You often have to manage explosive tantrums you haven't seen in your years of teaching.

A millennial mom saying that Gen Alphas are disrespectful to teachers and elders
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Maybe you're a parent and you've noticed your youngest child has struggled much more with mental health than your older kids did. Your daughter isn't a teen yet, but she wants expensive skincare and makeup and is much more aware of her body image than your older kids were. After school, she spends much less time outdoors and more time online.

Photo of a young girl looking at her phone on the playground
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Perhaps you're a teacher and there's more of a systemic issue at your school. Your school forces you to pass kids in order to meet quotas and secure funding, which results in students falling behind. Now, further hindered by the pandemic, your students are struggling to keep up, and not much is being done to address it.

Student overwhelmed with homework at a library
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Whether you're teaching or raising kids in 2024, tell us what issues they're facing that were not really a thing for previous generations in the comments below or on this anonymous form. Your responses could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.