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Adolescence

The Messiness of Human Learning

The start of 2001 was a time of excitement. Personally I had started to feel confident that, after the traumas of 1999 the initiative was building a firm base on which to push these ideas across the UK, and maybe elsewhere.

Thesis 97 – Subsidiarity

The aim of good parenting, as of good teaching, should be to so inculcate in the growing child a range of skills, attitudes and behaviours that, at an appropriate time (sooner, rather than later) the child can be progressively weaned of its dependence, so that parents take pleasure and great reassurance that their child is […]

Thesis 90 – Don’t Fence Me In

The adolescent brain, being “crazy by design”, is a critical evolutionary adaptation that has built up over thousands of generations, and is essential to our species survival.  Adolescence forces young people in every generation to think beyond their own self-imposed limitations and exceed their parents’ aspirations1.   Adolescents are not just over-grown children, or immature […]

Thesis 70 – Muddled Thinking

“As you leave school I have one piece of advice to give you.  Develop at least two hobbies that have absolutely nothing to do with your career.  Work hard at your career, but stick even more closely to your hobbies — foster them, love them, and allow yourself to be intrigued by them.  Your greatest […]

Thesis 60 – Mirrors of Ourselves?

Our opinions about adolescents are deeply contradictory; inquisitive yet confrontational, sometimes energetic yet frequently infuriatingly laid back, we don’t know if we love them or despair of them.  No longer children to be told what to do, they lack adult powers of judgment, and are as uncertain as to how to behave as are adults […]

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