Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Adolescent Society

The American Thinker has a good article on the ever expanding age of adolescence. The new 18 is now 22, the new 25 is now 30 etc. It touches upon the recent shootings at Virginia Tech which is a bit of a stretch, but it does examine a notion I've been observing in my place of employment, an institution of higher education. The modern American university is not a place that instills values, nor makes demands on the development of intellect. It has become a place of extended adolescence, i.e. high school without the parents. It is place where young people explore new vices, not a place that demands the development of a mature individual.

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