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Time for middle school, and what a can of worms that could be
By RICHARD AMRHINE
MY SON BEGINS middle
But I do share his confidence.
I believe he's ready not just because of the upbringing my wife and I have provided over the past 11 years, but because of the person he is turning out to be. In other words, we've handed him the ball, and he is already off and running with it.
Though he can exhibit the "contradictory behavior" that experts refer to among children
Richard W. Riley, a former
Talk about trying to be all things to all people. There are plenty of adults out there who have yet to find a middle ground in that tug-of-war.
Patti Kinney, a middle school teacher in Oregon and current president of the National Middle School Association, notes the unfortunate portrayal of young adolescents in the media as "rude, self-centered, and uncaring," and as being "brain dead, moody, or hormones on wheels."
But that, she says, reflects only the dark side of the rapid physical and emotional changes that occur as they test the limits of behavior and independence. "[F]or those reasons they can be contradictory at times--confused or confident, awkward or articulate, passive