continue to feature pieces written by CXC
students. This week’s article is written
by Neilia Pierre. She was asked to write a
speech on the topic “Teenagers are down
right careless, lazy and irresponsible”.
Last week we featured’ Jaimee Joseph’s
views on the issue, now lets’ see what
The principal, the vice principal, teachers
and students, I bid you a pleasant good morning.
I say to you that in spite of being a teenager,
myself, I must agree with the statement “Teenagers
are down right careless, lazy and irresponsible”.
Teenagers need to be spoon-fed, they need
someone to pick up after them, and they need
bibs when they eat. This is ridiculous! What
they really need is to realize that they are
no longer babies.
Firstly, I say that teenagers are careless.
I say that they are careless because they
do not think before they act. They need to
learn that to every action there is a reaction.
We teenagers are forever engaging in activities
we know that are wrong. We are careless when
it comes to the placement of things. Misplacing
our home- work, clothes, shoes, and books
has become a hobby. We are careless when it
comes to choosing our friends. We choose the
peers who cause our downfall and not our success.
Alcohol, drugs, sex, can we be any more careless
than that? A recent survey shows that, seventy-
five percent of road accidents occur due to
careless teenage driving. Adolescents believe
that they are too old to do the things children
do and not old enough to do the things adults
do, so they do things no body will do, which
are most times careless things.
Secondly, I find that teenagers are way too
lazy. What happened to the days when the whole
family worked together on the weekend to do
household chores? Nowadays teenagers do not
even want to get off the couch to change the
television channel. Clothes are always on
the floor, wet towels are always on the bed,
and their closet is a bin for everything they
have ever owned. Cell phone dialing is the
most exercise they do. They loathe physical
education and want it to be banned, they are
even reluctant to walk, they refuse to do
their home- work and they fall asleep in class.
Teenagers are the type of people who let things
happen instead of make things happen. Oh aren’t
teenagers lazy? They are lazy, lazy, lazy!
teenagers are not only careless and lazy,
but they are irresponsible too. We are aware
that our curfew is at ten o’clock, yet
we are out at midnight. We know better but
we teenagers just take pleasure in showing
how irresponsible we are. Teenagers are irresponsible
when it comes to their material possessions.
We frequently hear them saying “Mom
where’s my socks, my shoes, my books.”
They are irresponsible when it comes to their
education. They skip class, they do not complete
their home- work and they waste time during
important lessons. They are irresponsible
when it comes to their own health far less
anything else. Teens need more direction;
they make stupid decisions when it comes to
sexual activity, drugs and other health choices.
Teenagers are known to stay up late on school
nights and parents often are left with the
grief from needing a crane to wake them up
on school mornings. These are clearly irresponsible
Finally, Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream.
I also have a dream that one-day teenagers
will be responsible, caring and hardworking
individuals. Right now, because of their irresponsibility,
carelessness, and laziness it is quite obvious
that it is only the reality of a dream that
will change things. I have the hope that one
day my dream will come true.