Why be Adolescent? I believe that I have caught on to the biggest scam in the history of the world. No I’m not talking about long distance phone companies, or CD clubs, or even public school. I’m talking about adolescence. Adolescence is the stage between 13, and the early adult, and late teen years. Adolescence is only found in 1 st world countries that are descending from England in some way. The reason for that, I believe, is that a long time ago before the existence of America, Canada, or Australia, European countries were thought to be the most advanced, and proper.
In almost all aspects of life there, things were ranked in a hierarchy system. They ranked their government system to have different levels of importance; their social status was ranked, church system, police, and finally age. The age hierarchy was not very complex. If you were older than somebody, than of course you were that much closer than the top, unless they had a higher general social status than you. With the branching of Europe, the European ways would follow. Observe the affect adolescence has on North America.
Children are treated with extra care until about 13 or 14. Then the stage of adolescence starts. You are given responsibility. Nothing big, but just things like chores, and more time out. The intention of these is good, but it is all part of the plan to makethe child ready to be an adult when they ” re 18. In many cases the child is not used to the responsibility until well after 18, because the change is so dramatic.
In New York Homicide arrests of kids, ages ten through fourteen rose from 194 to 301 between 1988 and 1992 (Minerbrook, Page 36). In 1986, a majority of cases in New York City+s family court were misdemeanors; today more than 90 percent are felonies (Minerbrook, Page 36). No end to this dramatic increase in violence seems to be in sight. Youngsters used to shoot each other in the bodies, then the ...
This could be one the reasons that we have so many young criminals, ages 13-25. In many Asian, and African countries, which are not completely influenced by European culture, adolescence simply does not exist. They are not so worried about spanning the time of giving responsibility, but actually give it a little too soon if anything at all. A lot of the people in these countries don’t have a lot of money, so they need the help from their offspring as soon as they can get it. In the extreme, a 14-year-old boy could be working to support his family with a jog for 1. 25 an hour with a large American sports clothing line.
This can’t be good no matter how you look a tit, but on the other hand, a boy who learns responsibility at the age of 13, by working for a relative or neighbor, doing physical labor can be very beneficial. The boy is not overwhelmed with the weight of his family’s well being on his shoulders, and learns how to mix work with fun. Using this method, teens are ready to support themselves if needed by the age of 16 or 17. I believe American, Canadian, and all other 1 st word children could be ready by this age if conditions were different in the ways of parenting. I am not suggesting a dramatic change in tradition, or nationwide change in parenting, but it would be nice if some of the responsibility and life lessons be bumped back a few years so the changes are more gradual and by the time a person is 18 there will not be a big jump into the world of independent self reliance.
I don’t see any reason that our ways of living our correct in any form. Many of our traditions, principles, and laws should be looked at from a non-biased point of view, and evaluated to find the real importance if any. I also believe that today’s 13 year old kid, can handle the responsibility, and stress of a 16 year old, and the 16 year old could handle being 20 in this wonderful nation of ours. This may be why so many kids in this age group have overwhelming stress.
They are capable of being more of a person then our society lets them, and are constantly being held back from their full potential. Adolescence is not something to stay up at night about, but I think it would be all for the better if we looked at things from a different view, including adolescence.
Fourteen Years of Change in Sam Shepard's Six Plays Sam Shepard wrote his first two plays, Cowboys and Rock Garden at the age of twenty. Three years later, in 1966 his plays Chicago, Icarus's Mother and Red Cross won the Village Voice Obie Award for distinguished Playwriting. In 1968 Forensic and the Navigators and Melodrama Play won him his third Obie. In this paper I will focus on three of these ...