Questioning the institution of "adolescence"

"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.

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