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teen: 12-18 yrs.

School is where your child hones skills that are every bit as essential to his all-around development and future success as English, math, science, and social studies, even if they don't appear on a report card. These include critical thinking, problem solving, respecting authority (and, when appropriate, challenging it), asking questions, defending positions and learning to get along with one's peers.

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When the Pressure to Excel Gets Out of Hand

To America’s teenagers, adulthood must seem like a comparative vacation. If it seems like youngsters are under fiercer pressures than in your day, you’re not imagining things.