11 12 / 2011
"I hated being a teenager. And then I discovered drugs. And then that’s all I gave a shit about. I don’t know how I’m going to tell my kids. How the fuck do you compete with that? How do you take a miserable person with no control over their lives and tell them with a straight face, ‘oh, you can’t do drugs. You can’t do that, baby. All drugs are, are a perfect solution for every problem you have right now.’ How do you beat that? Drugs are so fucking good that they’ll ruin your life. That’s how good they are."
06 11 / 2009
From NurtureShock:In his new book, Dr. Joe Allen has concluded that our urge to protect teenagers from real life – because we don’t think they’re ready yet – has tragically backfired. By insulating them from adult-like work, adult social relationships, and adult consequences, we have only delayed their development. We have made it harder for them to grow up. Maybe even made it impossible to grow up on time.
Basically, we long ago decided that teens ought to be in school, not in the labor force. Education was their future. But the structure of schools is endlessly repetitive. “From a Martian’s perspective, high schools look virtually the same as sixth grade,” said Allen. “There’s no recognition, in the structure of school, that these are very different people with different capabilities.” Strapped to desks for 13+ years, school becomes both incredibly monotonous, artificial, and cookie-cutter.