Notes from class:
Do teenagers suffer prejudice from adults?
Anecdote – Parents’ night – very busy – lots of adults – PR exercise – lots of praise – the role of teenagers – is this an example of terrible teenagers?
Most adults think teenagers are: anti-social.
- Stay in their rooms
- Don’t talk to adults much
But: playing outside with friends – family event – Duke of Edinburgh – visit grandparents – school – get involved in community
Teenagers are often seen as dangerous
Reports on the news of violent incidents – one teacher was murdered in Sheffield by her pupil
But: What about the teenagers who calm situations down when they get angry at school – what about teenagers who have to protect siblings from domestic violence – what about teenagers who simply go about their business quietly. The number of violent or dangerous teenagers is less than 1% – most violent crimes in society are committed by adults
The culture of teenagers
Adults dislike it because it is different
But their culture was different to their parents’
There is nothing inferior about teenage tastes – they are simply different
This is simply a form of snobbery
Teenagers want to express themselves and to belong to a group – the same as all teenagers who came before them
To call teenagers’ music or TV “bad” is to miss the fact that all teenagers have done this through history