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  •  I would say a lot of that is their being... (1+ / 0-)
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    dumbed down by their schooling, taught to learn what the teacher tells them to learn and jump through the testing hoops when told.  They have turned off their inquisitive "thinking" minds long ago and maybe even allowed them to atrophy.

    Could that be what's going on?

    Cooper Zale Los Angeles

    by leftyparent on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 07:54:26 AM PDT

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    •  I would agree if I had observed . . . (0+ / 0-)

      that homeschooled children were immune to this effect.

      Honestly, though, we do not expect critical thinking of teenagers.  We might expect a child has read, say, Moby Dick or Romeo and Juliet by age 16, but do we expect they have much to say about it?  Do we expect them to understand the ridiculousness of how our culture models timeless love on a story about 13 year olds?  Do we expect them to relate the outrage of a Montague and a Capulet loving each other to other divides in our own culture that love isn't supposed to cross?

      No, we don't expect these things.  The human brain is not fully mature at age 16, no matter what upbringing that 16 year old might have had.

      The only rule of freedom is not to destroy freedom.

      by fuzzywolf on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 03:02:56 PM PDT

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      •  Many of us adults don't expect it... (0+ / 0-)

        and I think it is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  I spent my teenage in a unique youth theater group led by one adult but mostly run by a bunch of teenagers.  It was amazing how capable and thoughtful we all were, though certainly we all had our bad moments.  But inspired by my peers in the group, at age 15 I even adapted a novel, Lord of the Flies, to the stage.

        Cooper Zale Los Angeles

        by leftyparent on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 06:43:54 PM PDT

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