Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be High Schoolers

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Now, people are not mice, and there are limits to what one can learn from a single experiment. But if humans really do feel things most intensely during adolescence, and if, at this same developmental moment, they also happen to be working out an identity for the first time—“sometimes morbidly, often curiously, preoccupied with what they appear to be in the eyes of others as compared with what they feel they are,” as the psychoanalyst Erik Erikson wrote—then it seems safe to say this: Most American high schools are almost sadistically unhealthy places to send adolescents.

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  1. [...] Canavan has linked to a nice article on why Americans’ high school years seem to shape them so [...]


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