“I’ve never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the idea that high school is a portal to hell seems pretty realistic to me.” –Peter Buck, R.E.M.
from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everybody_Hurts (Every Body Hurts by REM)
OK, so I appreciate that many HS experiences are less than ideal shall we say, and I understand part of this is brain development and hormones and such, but I think very often (95%?) it is largely institutional. Instead, people look back at their HS days and often blame themselves and/or think “well, that’s just the way it is”. Kids are actual people. But schools do not treat kids like actual full human beings who want autonomy, freedom, responsibility, etc, etc. It should not be so. And it is not so at Sudbury Valley School.
But hey, he can write a song if he wants to. I will report back once our kids are teenagers (at their school Sudbury Valley School http://sudval.org/) but seems like there is absolutely no reason why most teenagers can’t be perfectly happy too.
UPDATE: SEE ALSO:
SVS: Where does happiness come from?