Education: ... If You Can Find It

Many educators would agree with Coleman that school perpetuates adolescence by shielding the student from real work experience. But how does a youngster acquire experience when there are not that many paying jobs available to him?

For the past three years the government of Canada has funded an innovative program called Opportunities for Youth, which pays students to dream up and work at jobs they want to do—such as bike patrols for cyclists in distress or day camps for children of low-income families.

In the U.S., youngsters have no say in the definition of jobs...

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