"[T]he child should be taught to consider his instructor...superior to the parent in point of authority.... The vulgar impression that parents have a legal right to dictate to teachers is entirely erroneous.... Parents have no remedy as against the teacher." - John Swett, Superintendent of California Public School System (1860s)


Maturity has nothing to do with age.
by SoulRiser

"You can get old, but you can stay immature forever". I don't know who said that, but it's very true. People seem to think that adults are mature, and teens, especially ones who laugh a lot, are immature. Maturity has nothing to do with the way a person acts. You can laugh and act like an idiot, and still have a mature mind.

Some people think that people who dress up fancy and go to formal dinners are mature. They think that somebody in grade 12 is supposed to be mature enough to not laugh and have a bit of crazy fun once in a while. They might think they're mature because they can act formal, but they find it quite hard to handle criticism sometimes, which is one of the things that real maturity is about. Real mature people don't insist they're always right, they try to understand other points of view. They try not to blow up at people about little unimportant things. They accept that people aren't perfect, and they don't try to change others to suit them. Mature people can think for themselves and they don't let others tell them what to think. They have their own opinions about things. If a 12-year-old can do all of the above, he's probably mature, and deserves to be treated that way. If a 40-year-old doesn't have any of the above or very little, he/she isn't mature and has no right to call anyone else immature.

Written by: SoulRiser
15 December 2000

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