Teen heroes amaze, delight and spark hope

Love 15: Tennis player Coco Gauff; music fan Alex Mann; climate campaigner Greta Thunberg.

Do teenagers deserve more respect? From Coco to Greta, the news is suddenly full of amazing young people. Yet, grown ups often think teenagers are lazy and selfish.

What’s happening

In a recent poll, adults call teenagers “selfish” and “lazy”.

However, the news is full of young people doing amazing things. They are challenging people’s ideas about teens.

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There is Coco Gauff, a 15-year-old tennis player. She wins a match against her idol Venus Williams at Wimbledon.

Alex Mann is also 15. At the music festival Glastonbury, he sings on stage with the rapper Dave.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg is leading a global campaign against the climate crisis.

Do teenagers deserve more respect?

Some say…

No. These teens are unusual. Most are not changing the world, they are enjoying being young. That is how it should be.

Others think…

Yes. Teens care about the future. Even if they are not famous, most are everyday heroes trying to make the world better.

You Decide

  1. Are young people treated unfairly by grown ups?

Activities

  1. Imagine you get to meet one of the teens in this story. Write down a question you would ask them.

Some People Say...

“You are never too small to make a difference.”

Greta Thunberg, Swedish climate activist

What do you think?

Word Watch

Poll
Survey.
Challenging
Testing.
Idol
Hero; role model.
Glastonbury
An English town. It is home to the country’s biggest music festival.
Global
Worldwide.
Climate crisis
Changes to the Earth’s weather and temperature.
Unusual
Not normal.

Subjects

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