February 5, 2014.
Lecture 4 – Miller Rebellion
Mark Twain and 1800s Era
• Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: two characters of youth and what it is like to be a
young person growing up inAmerica pre 1900
o Before there was established youth culture, before adolescence was even a
constructed social reality
• Youth must be polite to elders; important social aspect of the era
o Implied that youth were naturally and previously not polite
• Youth must heed advice (go to bed early, get up early, read good books, etc.)
o Crystalizing adults as authority figures; know better than youth
• Acts of rebellion
• Racial epithets (racial change comes from the young)
o Rebelling against the norm promotes change
• Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, etc.
• Idiocy in school
• Role of school in molding youth
• Psychobabble of educational theories
o Runs how people set up schools, criteria, teaching techniques
o E.g., “Child Centred Learning”, “Peer Based Learning”, etc.
• How to be subversive towards the high school:
o Mock the vote of student councils
o Start a school club for freedom of speech
o Launch you own newspaper or webzine or blog
o Get involved in community
• Dinesi disagrees: feels change through art is most effective; music, visual art, poetry, etc .
Judith Rich Harris: Psychologist
• Nature vs. nurture environment debate
o Are youth naturally programed to be rebellious at that time or is it something
about their surrounding environment that provokes the rebellion?