Arguing that adolescence is an unnecessary period of life that people are better off without, this groundbreaking study shows that teen confusion and hardships are caused by outmoded systems that were designed to destroy the continuum between childhood and adulthood. Documenting how teens are isolated from adults and are forced to look to their media-dominated peers for knowledge, this discussion contends that by infantilising young people, society does irrevocable harm to their development and well-being. Instead, parents, teachers, employers, and others must rediscover the adults in young people by giving them authority and responsibility as soon as they exhibit readiness. Teens are highly capable - in some ways more than adults - and this landmark discussion offers paths for reaching and enhancing the competence in America's youth.
Foreword by Albert Ellis; Introduction; The Chaos & the Cause; The Creation of Adolescence; Adolescence Abroad; Instant Adulthood; Storm & Stress; Adultness; Young People Are Capable Thinkers; Young People Can Love; Young People Are Tough; Young People Are Creative; Young People Can Handle Responsibility; What Does the Bible Say?; How Society Must Change; Why Some Will Resist; Index.