Our society is really demanding nowadays, especially for our teenagers. We want them to have excellent results at school, to be fantastic at sport, to be fluent in several languages (and especially proficient in English), to be skillful with multiple ITC tools, to be outstanding at social skills, to have time to go to the music school and play the violin like Yehudi Menuhin (Yehudi Menuhin playing the violin)... And this is impossible and frustrating for them most of the times.
Meanwhile, this society is especially dishonest as they try to manipulate our teenagers for political purposes, to experiment bizarre methodologies with them, to brainwash them... intending to have dull super-consumers with no critical analysis of their actions and decisions.
In a nutshell, nowadays our teenagers are just in the middle of a perfect storm they don't know exactly how to get through as there are no honest counsellors around.
Here are some interesting articles for you to read about the topic:
What I'm really thinking: The teenager (The Guardian)
What Do Older Generations Misunderstand About Teenagers Today? (The New York Times)
Here's a listening exercise to do: Inside a teenager's head (6 Minute English, BBC Learning English)
English in a Minute >>>> affect vs effect (BBC Learning English)
Shakespeare speaks >>>> "All that glitters is not gold"
- Episode 181212 / 12 December 2018 >>> Using Buddy Benches to improve mental health - Language related to 'mental health'. Need-to-know language: psychiatrists, mental well-being, inclusion, express feelings & stigma.