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Negative effects of school uniform

Each year, schools start their new academic year and all the students are required to purchase new uniforms which they would be required to wear at all times they are present in school or take part in any school-related activities. While a school uniform imposes uniformity and gets everyone to conform to school regulations, the fact remains that insisting on a uniform can have its own consequences. This is why we need to take a closer look at school uniforms and some of the negative aspects associated with the same.

Negative effects of school uniform

One of the most often uttered criticisms against uniforms of all types is that it allows little or no room for individuality. In fact, most organizations from schools to the armed forces prohibit their uniforms from being customized for wear and insist that all candidates maintain and uphold the uniform code in line with their regulations and rules. The fact is that while this is to be expected in the armed forces, young school children are often forced to conform to school regulations and are mandatorily required to wear school uniforms every day of their school. As recent studies had indicated, forcing young children to wear a certain type of dress, especially during the all-important formative years can have a lasting impact on the choices they make and in their very lives. It can eat into their individuality and it is this individuality that enables them to formulate their own choices and take key decisions. In fact, a few studies have already indicated that forcing the uniform on young kids can make them less confident about taking key decisions and often have a tendency to avoid the limelight.

The other troubling part about uniforms is that it allows no room for self-expression. Granted that most schools have rigid rules regarding students modifying their uniforms by opting for different colors or even wearing an armband and there are in fact cases, where schools have suspended some of their students for daring to do the unthinkable. But all said and done, uniforms often restricts creativity and this often results in innovative ideas, expressions and thoughts never taking form or shape as a result of being made to conform to the uniform code. It is important that kids are encouraged to become more creative and innovative during their formative years and wearing the same uniform for several hours on end can end up restricting their creative flow.

These are some of the negative aspects of wearing uniforms; in fact, some schools have taken their uniform code to ridiculous levels where hair accessories are banned along with large earrings. Of course, logic often has little or no role to play when schools come up with these rules. It is important that you realize the negative aspects that come with wearing a uniform day in and day out.

 

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Negative effects of standardized testing

It’s that time of the year when millions of school children worldwide sit down to take their standardized tests; while overseas students compete with American students for entry into prestigious programs, only a select few make it across the finish line. One would have assumed that the benefits would far outweigh the costs but the opposite seems to hold true where standardized tests are concerned and here’s to taking a closer look at some of the associated negative effects of standardized tests.

Negative effects of standardized testing

  • Extreme stress: Students are often forced to take preparatory courses for standardized tests along with advanced test prep courses, PSATs and more tests. In the end, by the time the student graduates from school, he would have taken several tests and would have been told time and time again how these scores would decide his very future. This, unfortunately, causes the student to experience high levels of stress as a result of preparing for these standardized tests and having to worry about the test scores.
  • Self-esteem: Some of these standardized tests are normed in the sense that they are designed to fail a certain number of students, during each sitting. And being exposed to such tests, testing atmosphere constantly and failing in several of them can have a residual knock-down effect on one’s self-esteem. This is why it is important for these students who often internalize their failures to seek counseling. If left unchecked, it can lead to students undergoing a personality change to developing chronic health condition as a result of the high stress.
  • School closure: Schools are also judged on the basis of how many students successfully clear their standardized tests each year and how many scores really high on the same. If a school does not show stellar results each year, it is considered as a failure and put on notice by the board of education. And If the situation does not improve, then the school may have valuable resources, such as lab, research facilities taken away eventually leading to school closure. This may seem unfair and it is, as most of the school closures take place in the poor districts.
  • Lack of actual learning: With all the students being brainwashed to prep for these standardized tests, there’s very little time left for any actual learning. In fact, during the last year in school, students spend more time on tests and preparatory courses than they do on learning anything useful. This can also stem both curiosity and creativity on the part of the student.
  • Reduced content knowledge: With more time being spent on preparing for the standardized tests these students often lack the ability to master any one subject which is a bit alarming.

These are some of the negative effects associated with standardized tests; with each year, it is getting harder and harder to get into exclusive schools and specialty programs. With more emphasis being placed on standardized tests and unrealistic high scores, more students are being exposed to high stress on a daily basis, as they prepare to take the standardized tests the following year.

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Health

Negative effects of standardized healthcare

With soaring medical costs, most governments that provide subsidized medical care for its citizens have started to think in terms of providing a “one size fits all” form of treatment. Usually, the current Medicare and Medicaid would fall under this category. While the required changes are still only on paper, the fact that politicians have already started to think of this as a ‘win-win’ policy is troubling indeed on several grounds, all of which are listed below.

Negative effects of standardized healthcare

Effectiveness: Opting for one standardized treatment for a specific condition may sound idealistic but when it comes to reality, the truth is realms apart from the idealized vision. The fact remains that as human beings, our bodies react differently to different medicines and even treatment methodologies. This is why doctors often subject their patients to several tests to see which one would be effective in treating their condition for doctors know all too well that heterogeneity is real enough and while two patients of a similar makeup, may suffer from the same condition, they need not respond similarly to the same drug/ course of treatment. And if the “one pill for one disease” healthcare alternative gets to become a part of our reality, then the chances of any patient being treated effectively goes all the way down.

Preference: When it comes to treatment patients have their own preference; they may opt for a herbal cure or would much rather go in for medication as opposed to surgery. But at the end of the day, their physician diagnoses their condition and they take an informed decision. The current policy change, that’s being debated, seeks to do away with this preference which is highly unfair to the patient and will only subject him to more stress as a result.

Cost: With a single universal healthcare in place which only allows for a single form of treatment for any specified health condition, the cost for healthcare should go down or so you would think. But in reality, and as various studies have already highlighted – as the patient gets to access only a specified treatment, chances of the patient being effectively treated drops down on account of heterogeneity. As a result, more patients are bound to get seriously sick which only translates to higher medical and healthcare costs for the government.

Health: Of all the negative side effects associated with this particular idea is the fact that patients will no longer have access to effective medical care is the most disturbing aspect of it. In other words, a patient would have to prove that a certain drug or medical treatment is not effective enough by becoming sicker in the process and putting his life at risk. This seems ironic that a bill that seeks to treat patients effectively is endangering their very lives in the process.

These are some of the negative side effects of a ‘one size fits all’ approach to standardized healthcare.

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General Society

Negative effects of cyberbullying

Cyber bullying is for real and one that most teens face online these days; cyber bullying is a form of harassment where one minor initiates an attack on another minor online for a variety of reasons stemming from their need to feel good about themselves. As inane as it sounds, one of the most touted reasons for most cyber bullies to continue doing what they do is just so that they can feel powerful and good about themselves. As for the victim, they are often made to feel guilty like it’s their fault, that they are the ones to blame for what’s happening to them. Cyber bullying can be vicious; never ending and can have tragic results. So let’s take a closer look at some of the negative effects of cyber bullying, shall we?

Negative effects of cyberbullying

  • Violence: Cyber bullying on its own includes anything from name calling to threatening bodily harm, but there have been cases where one minor started cyber bullying another which soon descended into actual violence. In fact, most bullies often prefer to avoid violence altogether but some do indulge in it but that’s mainly on account of peer pressure. The number of cyber bullying cases where acts of violence have been committed either by one person or more has grown incrementally in the last few years. This does set a disturbing trend and if cyber bullying is allowed to grow unchecked, such acts may take place more frequently.
  • Loss of self-esteem: Often the victim experiences a sharp dip in his self-confidence as a result of cyber bullying and along with it, self-esteem as well. As a result, he will become more withdrawn, less prone to socialize and may even become a recluse. He would be less likely to confide the cyber bullying to anyone and often the perpetrator knows this and uses it to label the victim a coward. This further starts another cycle of vicious cyber bullying which can often end in tragic circumstances.
  • Suicide: One of the reasons for the increase in teen suicides over the last few years has been the uptick in the number of cyber bullying acts being reported in from all across the country. All the victims are minors and they are at a vulnerable stage of development that makes them more susceptible to other influences like peer pressure, peer validation. And when you add cyber bullying to the mix, it becomes a toxic cocktail with expected results. Often the victim is tormented and egged to feel guilty about their actions. In fact, most of them are pushed to think of themselves as being worthless and a burden on society and are often pushed to commit suicide. Inevitably, a few teens do take the inevitable step with tragic consequences.

These are some of the negative side effects of cyber bullying which is why this needs to be checked and eliminated right away. And guidance counselors should be available to help young minors deal with the issue of cyber bullying and to provide them with the required guidance.

 

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General

Negative effects of multitasking

While multitasking may seem like an ideal talent to have, the fact remains that not everyone can multitask effectively and no one can do it all the time. On the outset, multitasking enables you to accomplish several tasks at the same time and that should result in increased productivity. The problem though is that multitasking comes with its own baggage and that’s why we need to take a closer look at the negative effects associated with multitasking.

Negative effects of multi-tasking

  • Lack of focus: One of the handicaps of attempting to do many tasks at once is a loss of focus and concentration. You will find that you are unable to concentrate solely on any one task and as a result, you find that you are either unable to carry out some of the simplest tasks or commit errors due to the fact that you have undertaken to multi-task
  • Memory impairment: This is serious enough to merit medical attention for if you find that in the course of a day, you forget important tasks that you had to carry out as a result of continuous distraction because of multitasking. Then it is perhaps time you slimmed down on some of those tasks and concentrated on important ones. This should help you to focus better on the key task at hand rather than get distracted endlessly because of multiple tasks and run the risk of forgetting important details. While this may not seem that important, the fact remains that memory impairment can even end up blighting your very career.
  • High-stress levels: As a result of multitasking and trying to handle several tasks at once, you are bound to risk your very health. Since you have taken on additional responsibilities, you would be under enormous pressure to carry out those tasks within a stipulated time period. And if that was not enough, you would also be required to be the point person for several of these tasks and you would have to handle the same on your own. This is why it is important to make sure that you know enough to recognize when you are stressed out and need to cut back on all activities before those high-stress levels result in you developing a chronic health condition. High levels of stress have often been cited as one of the causative factors behind heart attacks and strokes. And if you continue to multitask despite high-stress levels, chances of developing a serious health condition are more of a certainty.
  • Cost: Often prolonged bouts of multitasking can result in a high cost to you both personally and professionally. This is also the reason why so many employees burn out within a few years. As a result of multitasking your health goes for a toss, resulting in expensive medical care and since your health has taken a hit you may find it impossible to return to work as well.

These are some of the associated negative effects of multitasking, which is why you should avoid multitasking until absolutely necessary.

 

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General Society

Negative effects of overpopulation

One of the key trends where population growth is concerned, is that it seems to be increasing exponentially, with more children being born per minute than a decade ago. Thanks to the various advances in the field of medicine, our average lifespan has increased. Earlier on, natural diseases and other calamities served a natural purpose by culling a certain percentage of our population but due to the various advances and strides, we have made both in the field of fetal treatment and vaccination, which has resulted in saving countless lives. One of the unexpected results of such a move is the impact on population growth which has trebled over the last two decades.

Negative effects of overpopulation

Of course, one could ask why we should be concerned about population growth and the fact is that we should be extremely worried about the same. The resources, that we consider essential to life are limited – be it potable water or energy. Both of these are limited and one of the negatives of population growth is that it will only be a matter of a few generations before demand fast outstrips the supply. As it is, more than half the world population, or about 3 billion live on less than two USD a day and have little or no access to adequate drinking water, health facilities or for that matter, adequate nourishment. And if our population keeps on growing unchecked at the same pace, it is not a question of ‘if’ but when, we run out of space, in more ways than one.

As of to date, there are several locations, across the world, starting with Ethiopia where famine is endemic and more of a way of life than an aberration. And if our population continues with the same exponential growth curve, it is only a matter of time before the whole world goes hungry. And of course, such a scenario would be a global disaster, leading to death and destruction all around. To put it in perspective, such a situation may even lead to an outbreak of hostilities over water resources or access to energy resources. In fact, the Gulf war was fought on the basis of the same and it Is not that unrealistic to imagine the same scenario taking place again.

This is not to imply that we should cull our population but that it is high time we took effective measures to both protect the public at large, our current resources and take initiatives to help educate the public about the dangers of overpopulation. At the same time, governments all over should start thinking outside the box and explore new sources for both potable water and energy – both of which are bare essentials, that we require to maintain our quality of life.  At the end of the day, we are responsible for our population growth and for managing the limited resources that we currently have access to, which is why we need to take effective action today to prevent the dangers of overpopulation from overwhelming our way of life itself.

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Negative effects of illegal immigration

‘The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’ and that happens to be one of the main motivating factors behind illegal immigration. While earlier on, illegal immigration was just about tolerated, the current US government has started to crack down on the same which forces us to take a closer look at some of the negative effects associated with it. Illegal immigration can also be good in the sense it provides companies with cheap labor. But other than that, illegal immigration is mostly bad and here’s why

Negative effects of illegal immigration

  • Low-income jobs: While it is true that illegal immigration provides companies with a ready source of cheap labor, the fact remains that it depresses the wage for the low-level entry jobs. Furthermore, as these immigrants are ready to work at an extremely low wage, they are often preferred over American citizens, resulting in a loss of jobs for the American worker, even If these jobs are menial or entry-level jobs.
  • Loss in tax receipts: Illegal immigration causes a drop in tax receipts on two accounts; for starters, companies can get away from having to pay any taxes if they hire illegal migrants and for another, illegal migrants who land a job are not required to pay any taxes either. Illegal immigrants are not required to pay any taxes since they are in the country illegally.
  • Educational costs: Children of illegal immigrants are still required to attend government-funded school; and while the fees are low and are generally covered by taxes paid by honest taxpayers, the fact remains that these children face an uneven future. Since their parents are illegal immigrants, they cannot become American citizens and can be sent back to their country of origin at any point in time. This results in high stress which can have a long-term health impact.
  • Healthcare: Illegal immigrants do not have access to basic healthcare but very few doctors or physicians will turn away an illegal immigrant who happens to be sick. More often than not the taxpayer ends up footing these expensive medical bills as well. According to Pew research, the number of illegal immigrants in the US was around 11 million in 2015, and when you take into account the rising health care costs, it is apparent to all that illegal immigration is fast turning into a crisis of massive proportions.
  • Crime: Since illegal immigrants can only apply for entry level and/ or menial jobs, most turn to a life of crime and violence. This has led to an endless cycle of violence with more migrants turning to a life of crime. Apart from this, the restrictions and the fact that they can only apply for low-end jobs has often pushed the person to become addicted to one substance or the other.

These are some of the negative aspects of illegal immigration which is why we need to consider this carefully and take the required measures necessary to limit and contain the problem called illegal immigration.