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November 25th, 2008

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11:40 pm - Newt Gingrich: Let's End Adolescence
so apparently newt is down with the youth. his apparent obsession with education/work is a bit troubling - he doesn't seem aware that adulthood means more than employment; i don't know if he wants to give kids rights or just ship them to dickensian factories - but for such a public and conservative figure, this is pretty rad.
np: embrace - how come

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Date:November 26th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
I was talking with Dan about this earlier, and I also have a lot of issues with this idea. The expectation that puberty = "real" responsibility and "real" work worked in the past, sure... when there was class exploitation up that wazoo and women died in childbirth by the time they were 25 after birthing eight kids...

I don't think you can protect people from class and gender roles without at least a semblance of a level playing field. I mean, you already see it to some extent, because in some states, it's legal to drop out as early as 16. So the poor kids drop out as soon as they can, an alarming percentage of the girls get pregnant, and the men end up stuck in dangerous, ultimately low paying ($20 an hour at 16 is great, but at 50, when you're still doing the same, dangerous, manual labor, not so much) jobs that they work until they physically aren't capable of working anymore. While the rich kids at least graduate high school, and are likely to go on to college.

I'm all for making education resources available 24/7, and for stream lining education in general, but there's a lot of stuff people learn in school that has nothing to do with math and science and other testable qualities. Cutting people off from that at 13 because that's how they did it in the good old days would be a huge step backwards.

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