Member Rara Avis
Somewhere... out there...
Lisa...I don't think you were over-reacting
at all, and I think you made your point quite well.
I, for one, hear you and agree with you.
Fractal...Yes, many teens do drugs. So do many adults.
Yes, many teens would like to see drugs legalized.
So would many adults.
Yes, many teens commit crimes, whether to 'show off',
to support drug habits, or any number of other reasons.
Again...so do many adults.
I hear your frustrations, but I believe this this type of
generalization is not only unfair, but dangerous as well.
I work with many teens, in various capacities,
and I do know that not all are angels, but I also know
that not all of them are out to cause trouble either.
Again, I just think you were a bit unfair in your generalization.
Brad...I agree with part of what you have said,
but not all. I do agree that we need to pay attention
to the specific needs of teens. They should be treated
with respect and consideration, just as anyone else would be.
"I've often gotten in trouble for
taking a teen's word at face value
and treating them the same way I would
treat someone who is 25, 35, or 45."
I, too, have gotten myself in trouble by taking
the word of a teen at face value. HOWEVER, I have also
gotten myself in just as much trouble by taking the
word of a 25, 35 or 45 year old at face value.
I don't believe that this can be based so much on
age, as on individual maturity and honesty. Some people,
regardless of age, can be trusted and some can't.
"This, however, doesn't mean we
should listen to them so much as
act in their best interests."
I'm afraid I have to disagree with you here. I believe
that we SHOULD and MUST listen to them. How can we
effectively act in their best interests if we do not listen to them?
They are young people who have voices and, in my opinion,
they have just as much right to be heard as anyone else.
[This message has been edited by vlraynes (12-17-2002 03:36 AM).]