The Audience: Kids Turning On

Is it any wonder that children, as they grow to adolescence, often turn out to be complete strangers to their dismayed parents? Why do an enormous number of young people from educated and middle-class families find it difficult or impossible to relate to anybody and therefore drop out?

Good questions, but the answers are hard to come by. Does the fault lie with strict parents or permissive teachers? Urban tensions or too much affluence? Last week Semanticist S. I. Hayakawa of San Francisco State College suggested that the answer to so much disaffection among the young is...

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