The Lost World of Adolescence

The LongWalker

“What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free meandering brook.”

                                                     H.D. Thoreau (October 31, 1850, journal)

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Let’s begin with taking a look at the world of todays adolescent and see if we can put this unique and somewhat explosive period into a healthy perspective.

Everyone, of course, will have their personal take upon the task. Any adolescent reading these words will view it from the immediateness of the present moment, while adults involved with or charged for the care of our youth, will have a perspective from over their shoulder, which must lawfully be colored by personal experience. As educators, we have always felt privileged for we have not just our memories, but we likewise have the opportunity…

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