A. Adults underestimate the value of hanging out. And yet, hanging out is where youth develop a sense of the world and their place in it. It’s where they learn to negotiate peer dynamics and social status. So much learning takes place when teens hang out but because it is not formal education, adults don’t recognize it as such. Teens want to hang out because it’s fun but I think adults need to recognize that hanging out is educational too.
[Cross-posted at The Hechinger Report]
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