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Let Teenagers Try Adulthood

by Leon Botstein - 2008

The national outpouring after the Littleton shootings has forced us to confront something we have suspected for a long time: the American high school is obsolete and should be abolished. In the last month, high school students present and past have come forward with stories about cliques and the artificial intensity of a world defined by insiders and outsiders, in which the insiders hold sway because of superficial definitions of good looks and attractiveness, popularity and sports prowess.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 119-121
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22853, Date Accessed: 11/30/2020 9:43:08 PM

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  • Leon Botstein
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    Leon Botstein is President of Bard College. After graduating from the University of Chicago, he served as music director of the American Symphony Orchestra. From The New York Times, May 17, 1999. © 1999 The New York Times [http://www.nytimes.com]. All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the copyright laws of the United States. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of the material without express written permission is prohibited.
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