It would be a mistake to assume that most teen-agers smoke or that they are involved in drug abuse, are constrained by the chains of alcoholism or that they are engaging in premarital sex. Yet, every teen-ager is faced from time to time with temptations that put him or her in a quandary over these things.
You can't get to any kind of positive grown-up life-style by routinely escaping into self-centered play. Sooner or later, anyone who elects to avoid reality by spending too much of life playing and too little of life setting up good goals and working like hell to achieve them gets left behind by others.
It's very sad when young people waste the potential that they have. But, there is a brighter side to this. One of the truly great things about America is that most of its teen-agers have their heads on straight
That's right, most of today's young people are reasonably well-balanced and their heads are squarely on their shoulders. Most kids have straight edges...