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Abby Sunderland: Is she an adult or is she a child? | Education Innovating
"Robert Epstein has developed a test of adultness...found many young people demonstrate more adult attributes than those 2-3 times their age...argues whole notion of ‘adolescence’ is out of touch w/ human nature, & instead an over-restrictive institution created by convergence of labor laws, compulsory schooling, & risk-avoidance culture. We forget how many extraordinary people—Bach, Michelangelo, Napoleon, Franklin, etc—began doing extraordinary things long before they were “adults.” In our world today this spirit still shows itself: Teenagers are the adults in many families...start companies...play professional sports & fight in wars. & often they do it well. We could be getting a lot more from our young people, if we only treated them as adults. The capacity of young people to do great things is a major source of potential growth for this country’s education system. To what extent does traditional school restrict, delay, or squander their capacity & motivation to achieve?"
robertepstein  tcsnmy  adults  adultness  children  teens  youth  society  risk  risktaking  riskaversion  compulsory  education  laborlaws  michelangelo  benjaminfranklin  do  unschooling  deschooling  glvo  trust  responsibility  capacity  motivation  napoleon 
june 2010 by robertogreco
robertogreco {tumblr} - Unschooling and Messiness
"Jessica Shepherd reviews the recently published How Children Learn at Home in the Guardian. The review seems to focus more on the unschooling subset of home education and the part that I find most interesting is the comparison to the messiness that often results in creative leaps. It reminds me of a variety of articles that have been emphasizing the importance of random events and cross-pollination or hybridization of traditional fields of study."
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august 2008 by robertogreco
Conceptual Trends and Current Topics - The Case for Accelerating Adulthood
"I believe that young people should have more options—every right, privilege, or responsibility an adult has. I advocate a competency-based system that focuses on the abilities of the individual."
childhood  culture  development  reviews  society  books  adolescence  robertepstein  surveys  youth  teens  adulthood  lcproject  homeschool  autodidacts  freedom  alternative  change  children  creativeclass  democracy  kevinkelly  psychology  social  sociology 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: The case against adolescence
"Here is an interview with Robert Epstein, recommended. His new book, The Case Against Adolescence, argues that teenagers should be treated much more like adults."
robertepstein  teens  books  psychology  culture  adolescence  children  society  media  behavior  education  learning 
september 2007 by robertogreco
The Case Against Adolescence by Robert Epstein (kottke.org)
"Epstein says the infantilization of adolescents creates a lot of conflict and isolation on both sides of the divide. Over at Marginal Revolution, economist Tyler Cowen adds:"
robertepstein  teens  books  psychology  culture  adolescence  children  society  media  behavior  education  learning 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Psychology Today: Trashing Teens
"Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, "The Case Against Adolescence," that teens are far more competent than we assume, and most of their problems stem from restrictions placed on them."
robertepstein  adolescence  behavior  books  culture  education  learning  media  mind  psychology  society  teens  lcproject 
june 2007 by robertogreco
IALA: Now for a Different Paradigm about Youth - "The Myth of the Teen Brain" by Robert Epstein
"found that teens in societies who have not adopted Western-style education and entertainment experience no turmoil...they don't...have a word for adolescence. We should tap youth energy, creativity and idealism by involving them in adult activities."
teens  education  learning  western  schools  psychology  myths  youth  adolescence  reform  culture  homeschool  alternative  lcproject  rebellion  robertepstein  books  cognition  anthropology  sociology  development 
june 2007 by robertogreco

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