Hey, you know – we’ve got a problem on our hands.
Someone clever said to me a while ago, “if you don’t get adolescence right, you end up with a dismal adulthood”. Look around at the middle aged adults you know and this seems to ring true. Adolescence is our time to figure certain things out, it’s our time to define ourselves. Mess that up and the rest is at risk – seriously.
We’ve got to crack the middle school nut. There are some non-traditional programs out there, pushing the limits, making innovative changes… we need to study these and replicate them because some things have been figures out.
Adolescents today get little respect. They are ridiculed, misunderstood and made the scapegoat for many social ills. This is wrong-headed. Adolescents become – they are not born. They become what we encourage them to become. Think about that. The issues in middle schools, and high schools, goes far beyond this. But we need to change some fundamental things. Let us begin by asking “who is the adolescent?”.