A Project for Better Journalism chapter
Wolf Howl

Teen Slang vs. Education

Teen slang is taking over not only the lives of teenagers but their school work as well. High school teachers all over the country have noticed the growing problem of slang terms on assignments and remain concerned about the toll it’s taking on their students’ education.
The use of slang terms on writing assignments has caused a dramatic decrease of student’s writing abilities. Students no longer make note of capitalization and punctuation and instead opt for the easier route of using terms such as “IDK”, “IDC”, and so on. Using these terms gives students the general idea that they’re saving their own time and energy, ultimately making them lazy, instead of putting in the work and effort for the rest of high school and/or college.
A study by the Pew internet and American life project stated that at least 85% of students from the ages of 12-17 that responded reported using a form of electronic communication for the majority of their day. This includes things like instant messaging, texting, and social media. Students have also admitted to using a form of shorthand native to texting and social media. That means that students are well aware of the fact that they use abbreviations more consistently than writing out the actual whole word. Even with this evidence, some adults still insist that students could be unaware of the fact they’re doing it.
The use of abbreviated and slang language within student papers had also transferred its way over to college application essays, which is causing major issues. Colleges have become flooded with essays which some describe as having a “broken language”. It can be that much difficult to understand a college essay. As a result, admissions have started to toss application essays to the side because they simply can’t stand the first couple of poorly written sentences. This poses a major problem for this generation, the era of all things technology. There is uncertainty hanging in the air as to whether or not colleges will adapt to this type of newly renovated student language or if future college students will have to become more mindful of the words they use. This generation can only hope that there will eventually be a compromise between the two sooner rather than later.