Should we treat our young folks like adults?
We live in a pencil and eraser society and yet when children and adults alike do something stupid all we seem to be interested in is assigning culpability and punishment. The use of pencils in school and work is remarkable. You make a mistake and it is quickly gone by taking the eraser to it. This is not so when it comes to crime and punishment. It is really so sad to watch. Here we literally miss such a great opportunity to offer especially young folks with an opportunity to realize what went wrong, make sure that a lesson is learned, and then offer an opportunity to join the rest of us in “normal” (insert your meaning of this word here) society again.
Some adults have proven track records that they cannot learn much anymore and those are the ones that we should think twice about letting them join our ranks again soon without safeguards. One key issue that you should ponder sometime soon is what happens to younger and younger folks: Children and adolescents are more and more treated like adults. You do two things when you mentally throw away the keys to their future. For one you rob them of their youth. Let children be children. They make mistakes that should not prevent them making a positive contribution before they even had as much as a chance. The other thing that you teach them is that they are not “worth” the effort and worse yet because they now have permanent black marks on their records can no longer gain access to better education or careers.
I am not advocating a free for all for everyone. I am just saying that we all deserve a second chance at life and perhaps more if we can prove to society that we can make a positive contribution. Let’s start making common sense a common practice.