Questioning the institution of “adolescence”

May 24, 2013 • Lars Esdal

“Why does our whole discussion about improving learning go on with no one questioning the old institution of adolescence?”

These were Ted Kolderie’s opening words in a TED talk at the New Schools Venture Fund ‘summit’ May 1 in San Francisco. The session topic was: “It’s time to give up on _______ and replace it with ______”. In the three-minute video below he explains why we should give up on adolescence and replace it with ‘adultness’.

Kolderie’s assertion that “young people are today the most discriminated-against class of people in our society” might be a bit ahead of its time. We’d be interested, as always, in what you think. We welcome your comments, below.