What’s Wrong With the Teenage Mind?

Harry Campbell

In this week’s posts we’ll start with the Journal, take a turn through New York, whisk through gender-equity, learn about life from a science teacher, and then preview a new search engine. Just an average week in the life of a teacher…

“What was he thinking?” It’s the familiar cry of bewildered parents trying to understand why their teenagers act the way they do.

How does the boy who can thoughtfully explain the reasons never to drink and drive end up in a drunken crash? Why does the girl who knows all about birth control find herself pregnant by a boy she doesn’t even like? What happened to the gifted, imaginative child who excelled through high school but then dropped out of college, drifted from job to job and now lives in his parents’ basement?

Adolescence has always been troubled, but for reasons that are somewhat mysterious, puberty is now kicking in at an earlier and earlier age. A leading theory points to changes in energy balance as children eat more and move less….

…What happens when children reach puberty earlier and adulthood later? The answer is: a good deal of teenage weirdness. Fortunately, developmental psychologists and neuroscientists are starting to explain the foundations of that weirdness.

LINK: What’s Wrong With the Teenage Mind?

Post Source: EdWeek: K-12 Talent Manager

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