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TACOMA: Middle schools are unhealthy for kids

Letter by Helen (Julane) Pharis, Tacoma on Sep. 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm | 3 Comments »
September 27, 2010 12:06 pm

Re: “Junior high return sought” (TNT, 9-27).

It is my personal opinion that middle schools are unhealthy mentally and emotionally for young children.

Going to middle school is a form of rite of passage. When children come into their teens, a new world opens up for them. Young girls begin to wear makeup, and for boys it is just a few steps away from learning to drive. There is peer pressure in social areas.

Young people just entering the sixth grade are often still just children, and the sixth grade has been traditionally a stepping stone toward a new world of young adulthood. I have to wonder if they are mature enough to handle the peer pressures they face when going to school with older children.

The same applies to high school, where boys and girls are beginning to form relationships and emotions run high. Drugs are clearly a part of the peer pressure they face.

I don’t feel we should be pushing our children into those situations. Let children be children as long as they can. They can still learn their lessons, no matter whether it is middle school or grade school, but let then learn life’s lessons when they are mature enough to handle them.

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