Re: Youth vs. Teenager

A very interesting interview on the subject of teenagers and adolescents of psychologist Robert Epstein. He believes adolescence is an artificial extension of childhood, that teenagers have more competence than we allow them to exhibit, and that our child-labor and compulsory schooling laws are counter-productive and keep teens from obtaining adulthood (and the rights and responsibilities that that entails) sooner. Although his solution rely’s on a coercivist institution, government, it would be a step in the right direction.

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Founder and editor of and, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.