• Youth Culture and Compulsory Schooling

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    The most viewed videos on youtube in 2013 (150 million + views get you there) are mostly music groups for adolescents:

    Justin Bieber
    Jennifer Lopez
    Miley Cyrus
    Lady Gaga
    Michel Telo
    Carly Rae Jepsen
    Don Omar


    In 1961, James Coleman identified the cause of youth culture as compulsory schooling. Wikipedia says “One historical theory credits the emergence of youth culture to the beginning of compulsory schooling. James Coleman argues that age segregation is the root of a separate youth culture. Before compulsory schooling, many children and adolescents interacted primarily with adults. In contrast, modern children associate extensively with others their own age. These interactions allow adolescents to develop shared experiences and meanings, which are the root of youth culture.”

    Compulsory schooling merely by the mechanics of it (enforced separation, outsiders teaching, value inculcation by outsiders, grades, schools like prisons, compulsion, loss of parental control of curriculum) is obviously anti-family and pro-state.


    12:19 pm on March 17, 2014