Research + News | Topic: Social Development
Jun 28, 2017
Mis-Educating The Young
In this article for the New York Times, David Brooks says, “People in their 20s seem to be compelled to bounce around more, popping up here and there, quantumlike, with different jobs, living arrangements and partners while hoping that all these diverse experiences magically add up to something.”
Read the rest of the article here.
May 26, 2017
Adolescence Is a Gift, But Extended Adolescence Is a Trap
Nebraska senator Ben Sasse wants parents to get serious about shepherding kids into responsible adulthood. Read the article from Christianity Today here.
May 9, 2017
The Coddling Of The American Mind
In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.
Read the article here.
May 20, 2015
Jaded Children, Callow Adults
This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at what we lose when we expand adolescence. From the article:
“For some time, we’ve been seeing a curious trend: Young adults are attempting to delay adulthood, while preteen children are hurrying—or being hurried—into the roles and attitudes of young adults. It’s no accident that child psychologists have extended their definition of adolescence into the 20s or that primary-school kids are pushed into beauty pageants where they are dressed like Miss America.”
Read the full article here.
May 14, 2015
The Culture of Adolescence
George Will writes the following in an opinion piece on Philly.com:
As Penn State historian Gary Cross says, adolescence is being redefined to extend well into the 20s, and the “clustering of rites of passage” into adulthood – marriage, childbearing, permanent employment – “has largely disappeared.”
Read the full article here.
Feb 12, 2015
College Students Report More Stress, Less Time to Socialize
College students report experiencing a lot of stress, due to things like academic pressure and finances, and also report having little time to hang out with friends. Read the article here.
Nov 9, 2012
Children, Teens and Entertainment Media: The View From The Classroom
Common Sense Media conducted a national survey of teachers about the role of entertainment media in students’ academic and social development.
Key Finding 1: “Many teachers think their students’ use of entertainment media has hurt their academic performance.”
Key Finding 2: “Among teachers who say their students’ academic skills have been hurt by entertainment media use, the media most often cited as problematic are texting, social networking, video games, and television, depending on the students’ age.”
Key Finding 3: “The biggest problem area teachers see in terms of their students’ skills is in writing.”
Read more “key findings” here.
Download full report (.pdf) here.