Stigmas and Suspensions

Adolescents are criminalized at alarming rates, especially adolescents of color. Criminalization is the process of treating something or someone like a criminal, or at a criminal status. In his book “Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys”, author Victor M. Rios conducted a longitudinal study in Oakland by shadowing the lives of minority…

The Silent Battle

Humans are social creatures, i.e. we long for acceptance, success and companionship. This is true for anyone no matter your age, race, gender, economic class or educational level, but it is especially true for individuals between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one (roughly), a period of development that G. Stanley Hall named adolescence.   Adolescence…

PBS: Inside the Teenage Brain

By: Meghan McTernan Physiological psychology. Big words, simple definitions. It’s basically a subdivision of psychology that focuses on the brain’s structures and functions to understand behavior. Inside the Teenage Brain took this concept and used it to understand teenage behavior. I remember waking up at 6am for high school, dreading every second of it, sleeping … Continue reading PBS: Inside the Teenage Brain