I read this blog by BrandonAdams (posted on another thread about Sunday School). The Myth of Adolescence « Contrast[/QUOTE] I have been thinking about this on and off for some time since I am struggling with a 13-year old daughter right now, and I have found that many of my problems with her have been solved by treating her more as an adult than as a child. Are we systematically destroying our society by letting our teenagers run free instead of grooming them into adulthood? I ran into a friend of mine who homeschools her children. She mentioned that her daughter at age 16 is finishing up high school this year. She said, we started working and as she finished one subject, we just kept putting her in another and before we knew it, she was almost done. In her home school, there are no "grade levels" or time schedules to follow. I have repeatedly seen this in homeschool familes where adolescents are ready to launch out into the world at age 16 having completed their high school work. The young man (homeschooled) who wrote the book Eragonwas age 16 when he wrote it. He was finished with high school and needed something to do before he started college. I wonder sometimes, as is mentioned in BrandonAdam's blog, if we are short changing teens, because of age segregation.