One of the most popular articles in the New York Times
is about adolescent medicine
. In “Treating the Awkward Years,” Hoffman describes how doctors have a difficult time treating adolescents, who are neither adults nor children. As well, this population is susceptible to major health risks, many which could be treated with mild conversational intervention. But, there are not enough concerned adults to undertake that type of work. Having worked with 8th and 9th grade students in a reform-type school, I too found that many of the adults who I taught with were not capable of appreciating the various problems and potentials that adolescents pose to education. This article was a nice reminder how important the work is.