Set-Up: I assume most of you have already read the Sept/Oct, 2008 issue of Harvard Magazine. What? You haven’t read it yet?
Ah, so that’s why nobody has brought up the intriguing short article, “The Teen Brain”, by Debra Bradley Ruder in class yet. No doubt someone would have pointed out the following gem of a quotation:
“This is the first generation of teenagers that has access to this information and they need to understand some of their vulnerabilities.”
Challenge: Read the article (link above). It’ll set you back about 13 paragraphs worth of reading time. Offer an opinion (based on the article) to 1 of the 3 following quotations/ideas:
- “…this plasticity also makes adolescent brains more vulnerable to external stressors…”
- “By raising awareness of this paradoxical period in brain development, the neurologists hope to help young people cope with their challenges, as well as recognize their considerable strengths.”
- “It’s truly a brave new world. Our brains, evolutionarily, have never been subjected to the amount of cognitive input that’s coming at us.”
Length: 7+ sentences. Again, just react to 1 of the 3 quotations/ideas to receive credit, although you are free to add more and consider the other 2 options if you’d like.