Thursday, January 24, 2013

Today's links

  • High school. Government warehousing kids + unnatural prolongation of childhood = psychological damage. Until the Great Depression, the majority of American adolescents didn’t even graduate from high school. ... But these disparate paths did arguably have one virtue in common: They placed adolescent children alongside adults. They were not sequestered as they matured. Now teens live in a biosphere of their own. In their recent book Escaping the Endless Adolescence, psychologists Joseph and Claudia Worrell Allen note that teenagers today spend just 16 hours per week interacting with adults and 60 with their cohort. One century ago, it was almost exactly the reverse. Something happens when children spend so much time apart from adult company. They start to generate a culture with independent values and priorities. ... (From the website of the National Home Education Network: “Ironically, one of the reasons many of us have chosen to educate our own is precisely this very issue of socialization! Children spending time with individuals of all ages more closely resembles real life than does a same-age school setting.”) In fact, one of the reasons that high schools may produce such peculiar value systems is precisely because the people there have little in common, except their ages.
  • From LRC: actor Jeffrey Hunter: ‘Star Trek’ was the Rand Corp.’s idea of the future. Sure. It was a thinly disguised Great Society.
  • ‘Mad Men’ is coming back April 7. Dreading the end of the ’60s and the start of the Sixties.
  • From RR: only European king buried on US soil goes back home. The King has left the country. Yugoslavia’s last king, Peter II Karadjordjevic, who died in the United States in 1970, was taken to Serbia Tuesday, thus removing the only European royal to be buried on American soil. The former ruler had fled the Nazis at the start of World War II. Eternal memory.

2 comments:

  1. "the majority of American adolescents didn’t even graduate from high school. "

    I don't think this has changed all that much.

    "Something happens when children spend so much time apart from adult company. "

    E.g., some version of Lord of the Flies.

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  2. Re - Star Trek

    I've noticed how the show pretty well mirrors Democratic foreign policy in the Vietnam and post-Vietnam era.

    Kirk Crew? Screw the Prime Directive. Kirk knows best and will gleefully (if somewhat haphazardly) meddle in any planet's business to prove it.

    Picard Crew? We must maintain the Prime Directive. We still know best; we're just content to let the barbarians kill each other unless they ask for help.

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