Teenage Life

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Teenage Life "The best days of your life" they say, "what I wouldn't give to be your age again" they tell you. What do they know? Unless teenage life has altered dramatically since their 'day' they surely must have been living in a parallel universe, because as most teenage kids will tell you, if this is the best it gets, why bother with the rest of it? Why bother with the dull endless grind that is exams, school and academia, why endure the endless jibes from the older, popular and better off guys, why struggle to not end up on the dreaded council estates with a brown sofa and sick green carpet. What's the point. Because when your standing in a crappy communal swimming pool with chipped off-white tiles, trying in vain to cover your body with a harsh nylon bath towel and being shouted at by some aging sports crazy slave driver in a Mac- things don't seem quite so rose-y. Your teachers are only just beginning to understand and refuse to acknowledge bullying still. Year eleven can be pushing the first years and for months it is ignored, smoothed over, but as soon as you fight back they are onto you like a shot. As soon as you get into that circle you are bugged. Completely and utterly. So as the parents evenings, open days and any other promotional crap ensues, some nobody in the library tries for a pay-rise and knocks up a couple of leaflets that tell the parents bullying is bad. That homework must be done, that no-one must be allowed to rest, not to be lazy. A couple of forms, petitions and lots of signatures, but once the party's over you look round and you're still standing in the crap. Pointless assemblies, meaningless classes, where the teachers are as bored out of their minds as the students are and in this tiny dysfunctional community, everything goes round and round- institutionalizing us until we feel lost without it. Teachers rarely give us a glimpse of humanity, just talk.

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