This essay focuses on stress and confusion of adolescents. Socialization Through Education Testimony to the argument that humans are dependent
had done so by this age ( Henig, 2010). With more choices available, more people are delaying making commitments to their choices, thereby extending their period of adolescence. This set of circumstances increases the stress and confusion of adolescents and appears to be largely responsible for the tumultuousness of adolescence in the West. Socialization Through Education Testimony to the argument that humans are dependent on their ability to acquire cultural information to succeed
in life is the fact that you are reading this chapter right now. You’re probably in your early twenties or older and are reading this chapter for a university or college course. Think about that for a moment. You’ve been around this planet for some time now. You passed the physical age some time ago that allows you to start reproducing and raising your own children, you’re fully grown physically, your government recognizes you as an adult with full responsibilities, and yet you’re still in school! Our cultural worlds are complex enough now that succeeding in them requires more than a decade of effort to acquire the necessary cultural information. We depend on this cultural information to excel, and it is no coincidence that as our cultural worlds become more complex, the average amount of education that people receive increases accordingly. Given all the time we spend in school, we might question.
this long exposure to education has on our psychological experiences. How do you think formal schooling affects the ways people think? Obviously, schooling provides us with some explicit kinds. THE KIND of knowledge, both in terms of techniques that we learn. This (e.g., how to multiply fractions, how to identify the predicate in a sentence) and content. This is that we absorb (e.g., the elements in the periodic table, the date of the signing of the Magna Carta). This is the kind of information that is cover in textbooks, is discuss in class, and shows up on exams. However, we learn other kinds of knowledge through formal schooling that is not explicitly taught. Much research has documented the ways schooling affects how people think (e.g., Cole et al., 1971; Rogoff, 2003; Scribner & Cole, 1973). Education doesn’t just teach you facts-it shapes how you think about the world generally.