“We have not developed and strengthened institutions to serve young adults,” Mr. Furstenberg said, “because we’re still living with the archaic idea that people enter adulthood in their late teens or early 20s.”
From The New York Times, as shared with me by Nancy, on the topic of the lengthening road to adulthood.
I know I had a relatively a-typical transition from childhood into adulthood for my generation (Y or Millennial, depending on who you are asking.) That being said, the only “institutions” my parents afforded me for being 18 was a dolly to get my stuff out of the house as quickly as possible and a strong sense of the fact that I’m on my own if I screw up.
Certainly not the $38,000 and 2 years of full-time labor the article quotes!
It’s an interesting read, especially as we are faced with our position within this “Peter Pan” generation or are asked to lead it forward through education and administration.