Tag Archives: adolescence

212: A Modern History of Youth Bashing – With Mike Males

Author, sociologist and outspoken youth advocate Mike Males joins me share his insights on the social, political and cultural problem of blaming, shaming and framing youth. I have referenced his work several times in the past, and it was a pleasure to have him on the show. Questions/Discussion topics: -Genesis and purpose of your work: -Have you examined this problem of scapegoating youth in other cultures? -Trends you've noticed? Ebbs and flows? Is this attack on youth getting more intense? -Is a lot of this problem attributable to the win-lose environment of politics? -The generalized fear of change -The selfish and myopic Baby-boomers -Loss of empathy for their child self -"age-dualism" -How does your political outlook inform your work? -profitability ...

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173: Autonomy Vs. Authority (Brett On Sex, Lies and Anarchy)

What are the forces and ideas preventing children from attaining autonomy? Topics: -Child labor laws -Governnment regulation of apprenticeship programs -Emancipation -Age restrictions -The legality of child abuse -Some pretty bad jokes Look Closer: SexLiesAnarchy.com/ http://sexliesanarchy.com/ Trashing Teens: Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, "The Case Against Adolescence," that teens are far more competent than we assume http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200703/trashing-teens G. Stanley Hall: The Inventor of Adolescence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._Stanley_Hall

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043: Kids Are Not Defective (Introduction)

PICTURED: A listener sent me this example of his son's (first grade) school work, which includes the teacher's thoughts on his exercise of creativity. The introduction to a new series of shows about some other messages forced into the minds of children and young adults. These shows will include topics like medication, parenting, spanking, behavioral "disorders," bullying, "reward" systems and zero tolerance policies. Today, and hopefully someday this will not be the case, childhood and adolescence are not about a process of discovery that eventually leads to the embrace of ideas and beliefs that are chosen by you. Instead, childhood and adolescence are all about a process of training that eventually leads to the acceptance of ideas and beliefs that ...

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