Following his bestselling An Intelligent Person's Guide to Education, the former Head Master of Eton, Tony Little continues to widen his perspective in Adolescence: How to Survive It. Addressing parents and educators as well as teenagers, he covers issues much broader than just schooling and tries to break down the barriers between teachers and parents and to tackle the habitual anxieties of parents about their children right through from first days in primary schools to last days in secondary schools. To accomplish this, Little has enlisted the help of Herb Etkin, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, reprising the form of John Cleese and Dr Robin Skinner's celebrated book Families and How to Survive Them.
Adolescence: How to Survive It covers questions on adolescence such as "What is it?", "Who is affected?", "What do the stages of development look like?" and "When does an adolescent require outside help?". The first part of the book sets adolescence in context, before Little and Etkin engage in a series of questions-and-answers to tackle key issues. The final part of the book is a manual for parents, teachers, and teenagers.
With his previous book, the public was astonished by the progressive liberal and innovative views of a headmaster of Eton, allegedly the bastion of privilege and elitism. Now Tony Little and Herb Etkin impart more wisdom in a book which is as anxious to deal with parents' issues as with those of educators.
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About the Author
Tony Little was from 2002 until 2015 the Head Master of Eton College. He had previously been the Headmaster of Oakham and Chigwell. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was a scholarship boy at Eton and a Choral Scholar. He was then at Corpus Christi College Cambridge and Homerton College. Since 2015 Little has been Chief Education Officer of GEMS (Global Education Management Systems) which was founded in and is run from Dubai. He lives in London.
Herb Etkin is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a leading authority on the psychology of young people.
Table of Contents
Authors' Note vii
1 Adolescence: What is It? 7
2 Rites of Passage 13
3 i. So What is Normal? 29
ii The Normal Functions of the Brain 53
4 Parenting and Family Life 65
5 Sexuality 93
6 Food 118
7 Emotional Turbulence 147
8 Addictions 179
9 Screenagers 201
10 A Glimpse of the Future 237