High School: "The Giant Box Of Strangers"
There are lots of reasons to read Jennifer Senior's new New York Magazine article Why You Never Truly Leave High School (or at least save it for the weekend).
The main reason to read it is to grasp Senior's descriptions of the importance -- and fundamentally flawed nature of -- high school and its impact on students' future lives. High school isn't just important in our individual memories and culturally (they're making Heathers into a musical). How adolescents experience those key years not only determines how much they enjoy high school but also influences how they do as young adults and afterwards.
“If you’re interested in making sure kids learn a lot in school, yes, intervening in early childhood is the time to do it,” says Laurence Steinberg, a developmental psychologist at Temple University and perhaps the country’s foremost researcher on adolescence. “But if you’re interested in how people become who they are, so much is going on in the adolescent years.”
“It’s not adolescence that’s the problem,” according to one researcher cited in the story. “It’s the giant box of strangers.”