As I was reading an NBC article on my news feed yesterday, near the end, I read this gem, and I immediately paused.
‘Researchers have found that the human brain, particularly the part responsible for planning and controlling impulses, doesn’t finish developing and maturing until the mid-to late 20s, according to the National Institute of Mental Health’.
Well, gee-golly, Mr. Rusty Springs, now ain’t that a fine muddy puddle to jump around in!
|I should have walked around this mud hole.|
I won’t say what the article was about just yet, but this one sentence revealed what everyone has already known, forever, without wasting one second of their time researching it. I was surprised that NBC publicly stated it.
As a father of (4) children, that are all grown adults now, I can conclusively reckon, a child between the ages of 1-9, has zero control suppressing their impulses. Children between the ages of 10-22, has less-than zero power over their impulses, because the super-massive, puberty tsunami that takes over their brain renders them incapable of making any rational decisions or stopping them from doing something they’ll regret. Of course, there are exceptions, but they are extremely rare, and most every parent believes their child is exceptional, . . . until the shit hits the fan.
So, if the findings of the ‘National Institute of Mental Health’ (trust the science) are factually true, wouldn’t it be prudent for schools to just teach vocational skills, reading, writing, math, science, and English, and abstain from meddling in a child’s personal and subjective impulses.
I believe this is a valid reason for everyone: teachers, parents, and the government to stay in their lane.
Decisions about the future of a child’s life should always be left up to the parents, and also, the parents should take the brunt of the blame when their child does something wrong.
Okay, now I’ll tell you what the article was about: a recent increase of young military members, ages 18-22, committing suicide. The suspected cause was because they regretted their decision to join the military for 4-6 years, and their life in the military wasn’t everything, they had hoped it would be, and they decided that their only way out was suicide.
If young adults are struggling with life-choices, why would anyone ever presume an adolescent child is capable of making a permanent life altering decision?
People of Earth, Have a Nice Day.