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Education today/Steve Patchin

Teenagers reaching puberty sooner and adulthood later

February 14, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

Puberty is a stage where the bodies of young men and women begin maturing to that of an adult, triggered by the release of the hormones by their brain. Current theories indicate that due to children eating more and moving less, over time puberty is being activated at younger ages. As society has transformed from agricultural based to our new information age, the results have been children reaching adulthood later in life. Professor Alison Gobnik of the University of California-Berkley, recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal titled "What is wrong with the teenage mind?" describing this widening gap and how to address it.



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