"What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind" by Dr. Allison Gopnik, identifies that the teenage mind is maturing later, and getting worse. Problems such as how teenagers are strictly focused on reward, and completely dismiss the risk involved in every situation. A vital point brought up shows that even though a teenager can express why drinking and driving is danger, it hardly stops a teen from doing it and winding up in a car accident. Dr. Gopnik also brings up that with previous generations these problems were and as bad and believes the lack responsibility, and a increase of parental reliance teenagers are maturing at a later age. Dr. Gopknik says that this will continue to get wore without change.
Dr. Gopnik's claims in the article "What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind" were completely out of line because the teenage mind is just evolving with the world around it. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 112 million adults drove under the influence in 2010, proof that teens may be where the focus is, but adults are making the bad decisions. Dr. Gopnik's example that teenagers drive recklessly when others are in the car as said by Laurence Steinberg in study held at Temple University should be dismissed considering MRI equipment was in the car that could have been the distraction in the vehicle, not the other teen. Another claim made talked about how the average age of a internship is 27 compared to the previous are of 7 is unreasonable for the simple fact that the jobs that were once for teens are now held by adults. A example is the paper delivery boy, a misleading term considering the MAN who delivers the paper on my street is 35. How is a teen supposed to get a job or internship when more qualified adults are taking the few jobs teens can legally have. Dr. Gopnik says that since the first industrial revolution, "children are taking on adult roles later, and later." In the industrial revolution children were exploited, and payed pennies on the dollar for jobs that they were liked to be killed doing. This is unreasonable for anyone to do let alone a child or even a teen. We live in a changing world where everyone is created equal and children have rights, children being allowed to enjoy their childhood is part of it. Although Dr. Gopnik does not like it, the world is changing in a positive way, and so is the teenage mind.