“Here’s what one middle-aged woman remembered about the games she played in childhood:
“We had all kinds of games, playing hard every day after school, every weekend, and from dawn until our parents made us come in at dark in the summertime. One game was called chase and run, which was a kind of complex team-based hide-and-seek and tag combination… As with all our games, the rules were elaborate and they were hammered out in long consultations on street corners. It was how we spent countless hours.”
She still spends countless hours in consultations and team-building. Her name is Hilary Rodham Clinton.”
“I interviewed a handful of Nobel laureates about their childhood play patterns. They talked about how they expressed their curiosity through experimentation. They enthusiastically described things they built, and how one play experience naturally led into another. In most cases, by the end of the interview, the scientist would say, “This is exactly what I do in my lab today! I’m still playing!”
“… before 150 years ago, no human social group—town, village, tribe, community—thought the best way to help young people grow into responsible adults was to isolate them (by law) from responsible adults for 13 years.
Separating the young from the old is one of the great mistakes of modern education…”
To the Editor:
Re “Why Teenagers Act Crazy,” by Richard A. Friedman (Sunday Review, June 29):
Studies have shown that about half of American teenagers meet the criteria for some form of mental illness, including anxiety disorders, but I disagree with Dr. Friedman that this is largely because of the properties of a teenage brain. That is a myth perpetuated by a handful of researchers, some of whom are funded by the pharmaceutical industry, which has successfully created a huge new market for psychoactive drugs by promoting the faulty “teenage brain” idea.
In more than 100 cultures around the world, teenage turmoil is absent; such cultures don’t even have a word for “adolescence.” If the teenage brain were responsible for the turmoil of our teenagers, we would see it everywhere. We don’t.
The turmoil of our teenagers is due entirely to societal practices that infantilize young people and isolate them from responsible adults, trapping them in the frivolous, media-controlled world of “teen culture.” Anthropological research also demonstrates that when Western schooling and media enter cultures where teenagers are highly functional, they typically take on all the pathological characteristics of American teenagers within a decade. The problem is our society, not the brain.
Vista, Calif., June 30, 2014
The writer is a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and the author of “Teen 2.0.”
ORIGINAL AT: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/opinion/sunday/anxiety-in-teenagers.html?_r=0/p>
Let’s say you are on the fence about which product or service to buy.
–One consideration is the environmental track record of the company as a whole.
–Another is to consider the makeup of the individual product itself. It’s likely (for example) that the lighter product will have less impact (as a very rough rule of thumb).
–Spending less is also always good, since it frees up your money to be used in more productive ways. Choosing between a $200 phone and a $15 phone? Get the $15 one and give the $165 to your favorite non-profit/NPO/charity.
–As well, you probably can’t go wrong looking at how well they treat their employees. For instance: Virgin Mobile or Lycamobile for a cell phone prepay plan?