I'm Native American & African American. I'm proud of who I am and where I come from. Using my college education, I plan to navigate through our flawed society but never mistake me for what I am not. I'm still a wonderer. I wonder in my head and I wonder through life. Wonder with me.
Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story (via feellng)
Neil Gaiman, Coraline (via observando)
After taking some classes on this, I disagree. Teens, especially those 16+, are expected to know the difference between right and wrong, be somewhat responsible and have respect/understanding for everyone around them in order to PROVE that they’re ready for adulthood. Adults aren’t ready to part with their children and in most cases they don’t know how to say goodbye. We can’t imagine as children how difficult it is to let go of a child who went from depending on you for everything to not needing you, practically, at all.
In school, seniors are treated like freshman in most cases. They have to ask permission to leave for the restroom, but that’s out of respect for the teacher and fellow students who they might be disrupting. Seniors and Juniors in high schools where I come from are allowed to leave the campus for lunch and are trusted to return for the remainder of their classes.
Yes, it’s always a two-way street between adults and teenagers’ communication and actions of respect. Sometimes teens are brats and sometimes adults are overbearing psychopaths who need to back off. But most of the time, you get the respect and treatment you deserve, which means you have to earn it. That’s adult logic coming from a once, not to long ago, teenager.