- Hardcover: 450 pages
- Publisher: Quill Driver Books/Word Dancer Press, Inc (March 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 188495670X
- ISBN-13: 978-1884956706
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.7 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Case Against Adolescence: Rediscovering the Adult in Every Teen
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Perhaps it is time for a paradigm shift in how we understand the tumultuous time we call adolescence. Dr. Epstein s landmark book may be just what we need to help enhance our understanding of and better serve those moving through this complex period of life. --Drew Pinsky, M.D., Co-Host, Loveline ; medical director, Department of Chemical
This is a profoundly important book. Dr. Epstein is raising issues about our young people that we need to think about and evaluate carefully. Generally, I think the institutions that serve our young are sound, but this book points to some obvious problems most especially the fact that our young people are largely isolated from the adult world. If you care about America s young, this is a must read. --Dr. Joyce Brothers, author & columnist
The Case Against Adolescence is one of the most revolutionary books I have ever read. --Albert Ellis, Ph.D., The Albert Ellis Institute (from the Foreword)
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A revolutionary proposal for raising responsible and happy teenagers.
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This book should be required reading.
Using history and science, the author clears up so many lies and obfuscations. This book enabled me to relate to my children and other teenagers as they really are--and as they really can be--and not as their society-imposed distortion.
Furthermore, it reads extremely well. You do not feel like you're wading through some tome of text.
In its own way, it's definitely a page-turner.
As an aside, books like this usually trash traditional Jewish practices and values (if they mention traditional Jewish stuff at all), especially when written by people with little knowledge of Jewish tradition. So I was refreshingly shocked to see that the author presented every example from the Torah or the Talmud in an appreciative manner.
I really wish this book was more widely known--it's a game-changer.
Those who only (or primarily) find value in one or another of these fields will likely be unconvinced by the book- that is, they have accepted a different, much more narrow paradigm of how we settle these issues. With a narrow, single-field paradigm, this book will only serve as an introduction to a controversy.
That being said, the book does actually serve as an introduction to the controversy, which is itself a remarkable feat. Individuals who assume the validity of adolescence can find their assumptions significantly challenged here- this is, after all, the general mode of the book: to place the burden of proof significantly on those who think there inherently is or morally should be such a thing as adolescence. He succeeds in this objective.
Readers of almost all political backgrounds can find something to like and something to hate in his political proposals, and therefore plenty of material to form into a wide variety of completely contradictory modified proposals. As one example, he advocates greater government oversight in certain ways- a test based system for "rights" (a term he misuses, in the strictest sense)- but also the removal of countless regulations. This, of course, is grounded in his analyses of crime statistics and historical shifts, by which he strongly implicates both wings of American politics- in other words, the things "we can agree on" as Americans in bipartisan action might actually be really bad.
On the whole, I highly recommend reading this book, and sincerely hope the debate will become much more known- and on a level of sophistication matching Dr. Epstein's.
I may not be in full agreement with Dr. Epstein's solutions but the problem assessment is well worth the price of this book.
There are scant books that I put in the 'MUST READ' category by parents, educators, religious leaders, and politicians. This is at the top of the list. I've seen so many examples of mature young adults that most would categorize as 'adolescents' to know that the author is on target.
That said, I believe Dr. Epstein could have been more persuasive if he had formatted the contents a bit differently and made it slightly more concise. Still, it is much faster reading than John Taylor Gatto's 'The Underground History of American Education' - another paradigm shifting work.
It is interesting to note at the polarization of the nine opinions so far on Amazon. Five '5 Stars' and Four '1 Stars'. I believe many of the 1 star are making their evaluation on a few pages of content, and ignoring the larger whole. This makes the 1 star rather unbalanced compared to the 5 stars.