Thursday, November 4, 2010

Why Are Teenagers Growing Up So Slowly?

The short answer: because we are sapping their lives of meaning!  Another must-read article by Po Bronson from Newsweek.  
As Allen writes, “We place kids in schools together with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of other kids typically from similar economic and cultural backgrounds. We group them all within a year or so of one another in age. We equip them with similar gadgets, expose them to the same TV shows, lessons, and sports. We ask them all to take almost the exact same courses and do the exact same work and be graded relative to one another. We give them only a handful of ways in which they can meaningfully demonstrate their competencies. And then we’re surprised they have some difficulty establishing a sense of their own individuality.”
Read the whole article here.

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