This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Curfews Don't Work Essay

1031 words - 5 pages

Curfews
Strict rules create rebellious teens. Many people think that curfews are a fundamental way to keeping teens out of trouble, but this is not the case. Curfews are neither applicable, justified, nor are they a way to diminish criminal activities committed by adolescents. Curfews are ultimately useless because there are too many reasons that contradict why a curfew would work.
Curfew advocates may argue that it is important to monitor your child and have them follow a strict schedule, but due to a teen’s rapidly changing day it is almost impossible to determine an accurate schedule that a teen can follow on a strict basis. Between athletics, homework, work, and the necessary social activities an average student participates in, causes there to be too little time in the day. According to the National Education Association, 12th grade students should spend about two hours of their night on homework every night. Student athletes spend about three hours a day between practice and working out (Thompson). Many students experience more than two hours of homework because they are taking more rigorous classes than other students. With some students having more than two hours of homework and at least three hours of athletics, not only is it strenuous on the student but it is also forcing them to do their homework later into the night. If a student lacks the necessary requirements to complete the assignment then they may need to stay out later than curfew would allow them. Although, school work is an acceptable reason if it is occurring too often then it could result in the parents’ misconception that the child is lying. Not only do curfews struggle to apply to teens, but they are also discriminating against teens.
Throughout history there have been examples of discrimination against teens. According to McClain, Kansas City police and officials recently implemented a curfew for minors; this curfew restricts teenagers the rights that their more elderly counterparts are able to take part in. The curfew refuses teens the right to dine, watch movies, talk with friend, or walk around the plaza after 9 p.m. The curfew was implemented due to a shooting that occurred involving a number of teenagers. This article informs the reader that not only are teens having the freedoms that other people are able to enjoy taken away, but they are also being discriminated against because of their age. These restrictions are not only discriminative, but they’re unconstitutional. The 14th amendment to the constitution has a clause, called the Equal Protection Clause. The Equal Protection Clause states, “The constitutional guarantee that no person or class of persons shall be denied the same protection of the laws that is enjoyed by other persons or other classes in like circumstances in their lives, liberty, property, and pursuit of happiness” (thefreedictionary.com). This clause was originally created to help newly freed slave, but has also helped women to rise above...

Find Another Essay On Curfews Don't Work

Curfew laws for teenagers: Does it Do More Harm Than Good?

2198 words - 9 pages realizes the causes of their actions. Teenagers under the age of 18 and living in this country with citizenship should be treated as a citizen. No responsibilities, such as this one, should be taken away from them. In a like manner, not only do curfews take away responsibility, but the rights of a minor. "I don't think [curfews] have any place in a free society. To think that somebody could be arrested for walking down the street doing nothing wrong

Barriers, Missed Opportunities and Revival Essay

997 words - 4 pages encouraging or interested in my going to college, I am reminded of a quote by Jimmy Buffet; “Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care.” Although I know they loved and cared for me; education was another issue. Having very little themselves left them at a disadvantage of even having the knowledge to seek out the information needed to explore the possibility. They were firm believers that hard work and experience paid off; and

Holocaust

1244 words - 5 pages Many people in the world wonder how anything so terrible as the Holocaust could even happen. And some don't even believe it happened, but those who do know the horror of it all. Some ask the question: how can one man be so cold as to order 6 million human beings to be murdered? The answer I think lies only in the cold dead soul of Adolf Hitler He was the man that ordered those who were not White axon to be killed, even though he himself

You Know What I'd Do? Anti-Advice from a Teen

2214 words - 9 pages life. Like the new outfit you saw earlier or the those concert tickets oh, and don't forget that party at the weekend you just have to go to! After all, that's what really matters anyway. Trust me, parents love paying for everything for you, they don't want you to have to work hard and pay your own way in life. So don't go to work, don't move out, and don't pay your own way in life. That's what I'd do! Don't Get An Education Now this is why I

Juveniles without Parole Sentence - TRI C ENG 1020 - An argument essay

1566 words - 7 pages consistently make responsible decisions makes them less blameworthy than adults.” Also, a close look should be given on fewer varieties of punishment. In an adult court, criminals can only end up in prison, and even risk being given the death penalty. This gives minor offenders very little option when serving the terms of their sentence. Whereas in a juvenile court, offenders are given curfews, put under house arrest or sent to counseling. The

Lowering the Drinking Age to Eighteen

1343 words - 5 pages ages, and many don't have any drinking age at all. One of my friends is from Greece, and there is no drinking age over there. She says that the amount of accidents related to drunk driving is very low and she almost never hears about it when she goes over there. Another difference between the United States and other countries that don’t have drinking ages is that there is no binge drinking. Kids don’t have to worry about keeping drinking hidden

Shades of Gray: The Importance of Seeing the Other Side in a Post 9-11 World of Black and White

10175 words - 41 pages enforcement of these curfews. Illustrating this fact, is a report of one particularly heinous event that took place on October 29, 1947. "47 Israeli Arab agricultural laborers, returning from work were summarily killed by the Israeli military at the village of Kafr Qasim for unwittingly being outside during a newly-imposed curfew...8 military officers were tried and convicted, but none served more than 3 years in prison."(Chronology.) Thus we can

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

3071 words - 12 pages to see that a resolution was made to support a previous resolution, as Oslo agreement was followed by tens of other smaller agreements to put it into work, if this shows something then it shows nothing but the ambiguity of the situation and the complexity of the conflict.This can be seen from on ground action, for example the roadmap requires from Israel to freeze its settlements construction in West Bank and Gaza strip, never-the-less when

An Article from the Colorado Daily published By Alex Lubin,

2573 words - 10 pages ways that don't underwrite or ignore anti-Semitism. Throughout the 1980s Americans organized against the apartheid government in South Africa by demanding that their government withhold financial support to the South African government. This activism helped bring an end to apartheid. In order for Israel to prosper in the future, it must end its illegal occupation and work to establish a bi-national democratic state. I agree with Israeli peace

Jesus Would Prefer Life Terms Over Capital Punishment

2862 words - 11 pages . Punishment can also be a form of reformation, so they can change the criminal's ways and make him/her less likely to commit another crime. There are lots of different types of punishment, not all of which are present in our society, but are in others: fines, torture, community service, curfews, attendance centres, jail sentences, tagging, have your privileges taken away, execution, detentions and many more. All

The Raising of the Age You Can Get Your Driver's License

2169 words - 9 pages use safety belts. Many experts blame the young teens immaturity, impulsiveness, and lack of proper training and experience as contributing factors to the high rate of teen involved accidents. Teens don't need to be victims of there driving inexperience. During 1975-96 the death rate among 16 year-old drivers was trending upward. The rate increased from 19 per 100,000 in 1975 to 35 per 100,000 in 1996, and this increase occurred in both males

Similar Essays

Should Curfews Be Implemented? Essay

962 words - 4 pages prevent. Not only did curfews not keep children out of trouble but also increased the crime rate during non-curfew hours. In addition, curfews have negatively affected their behavior and psychological status which has pushed them into building negative behavior and attitude. A teen should not have curfews forced on him or her because they are not a reasonable solution to the problem. The best solution is to keep them interacted with valuable activities in addition to guiding them when they require guidance. “There's only one problem with youth curfews: They don't work, and we shouldn't kid ourselves that they do” (Zimmerman, 2011).

Why Your Teens Needs A Curfew

1194 words - 5 pages you give your teen open space, for an example, don't hover over your teen to much, give your child open space to work and attend after school activities IF they're willing to abide by your rules. In other words, you must make your teen show that they're responsible and reliable, this will definitely benefit them later on in life if they learn and understand it now. Brigitte Bardoted once stated, "My parents gave me a strict upbringing, which at

Teen Curfews Essay

1858 words - 8 pages their child's mistakes. All in all, teen curfews don't work unless you got parents who'll be willing to follow those rules, and teens who agree with the terms of the curfew. If you don't have a consent from the two then its not going to work. Until they come with facts, and stats to prove that teen curfews work.  Just another idea with no real effect in the world. Teen curfews aren't effective in today's society.

Do Curfews Keep Teens Out Of Trouble?

1429 words - 6 pages punishes many for doing nothing is simply unnecessary. “‘Ultimately, curfew laws don't make us more safe, but they make us less free,’ says Joe Cook, executive director of the Dallas ACLU” (Rosado and Manly). Curfews are not in effect everywhere and not everyone follows them, whether it is intentionally or unintentionally. Sometimes, curfews that are in effect are not followed intentionally, as previously discussed, or unintentionally. Many times