Rebel Timothy, Chrishea, Taylor AND Reena

Why do teenagers rebel? Staying out past curfew, skipping school, arguing, and sometimes breaking the law. These actions streotypes teenagers to be rebels. Their actions can cause short and long term consequences. During the teen years they seek for independence and control of their life. Social pressure also plays a part of this act. Rebellion causes many problems for teengers such as getting a job, going to college, and gaining trust. As teenagers we must learn to control our emotions, feeling, and actions to become what we want in life.

Rebel with a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence

Although the young person thinks rebellion is an act of independence, it actually never is. It is really an act of dependency. Rebellion causes the young person to depend self-definition and personal conduct on doing the opposite of what other people want.

Many high school rebellions that I see occur as a result of delayed adolescence, the young person dramatically rebelling at last to liberate himself or herself from childhood dependency on parental approval for always being the "good child."


Pickhardt, Carl. "Rebel with a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence." Psychology Today. Sussex Publishers, 06 Dec. 2009. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.


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Create an educational course on diversity, primarily about rebels, to include the different types of stereotypes, cultures, religions, etc., so students, teachers and parents will be more informed when forming their opinions of others. This type of education will also help others to understand where and why stereotypes are made and why they can be harmful in schools and in society.

A second solution would be to evaluate the school punishments or consequences for rebellious actions or rebel stereotypes including writing up students and ISS and OSS. This reevaluation of rules and methods will help to create different levels of discipline. When implementing the new rules, parents, students and teachers should first have a meeting or counseling with school counselors. This would make it easier for administrators to find out why the student is misbehaving or why they have committed a certain act as well as allow parents, students and teachers to have input in the discussion and come up with a reasonable disciplinary solution. Just punishing a rebelling student for any act would most likely cause them to rebel more against higher authority. This would also lessen stereotyping by students, parents and teachers.


- Technology including computers or tablets for slideshows and demonstrations.

- Classrooms and books for counseling sessions.

- Create a schedule and syllabus for educational classes.

- Create a social group in school.

People or Resources

Parents, teachers, students, administrators, and school counselors will be needed to help provide guidance, education, support, and authority as well as to assist in creating new rules, disciplinary actions, and counseling for the solutions. -Also, we would need a schedule for counseling sessions and educational courses offered. Students and parents should be required to take the educational course prior to starting the school year.

-Finally, we should use a stereotyping contract to ensure everyone understands, and agrees on what is necessary to put our solution into effect.


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