Adultism is "behaviors and attitudes which flow from the assumption that adults are better than young people and entitled to act upon young people in a myriad of ways without their agreement.²" In Createch, we are mindful to actively avoid this behavior. There are several reasons behind this decision; however, the most pressing aligns with our goal to foster and encourage a teen culture. Teens are constantly being told what to do and not do. They are encouraged to explore ideas that adults find important but dissuaded from topics that inspire them, which puts barriers around their creative capacity. Createch is all about allowing that capacity to thrive and become inspired; thus, we work to remove roadblocks that hinder our mission.
There are several belief-based assumptions that ground adultism as reality in our minds such as:
Such beliefs are generally misguided and have lasting effects on youth and in turn the future of a community such as:
Failure to avoid these beliefs can create a self-fulfilling prophecy in young people, where unsupported youth are not able to rise above these low expectations and thus confirm the adult's attitude.
For a more detailed explanation of adultism and how to avoid it, take a look at the pdf above.
For more thorough understanding of Connected learning, the Connected Learning Alliance has developed a framework.
1. Why Connected Learning? - Connected Learning Alliance. (n.d.). Retrieved March 16, 2016, from http://clalliance.org/why-connected-learning/
2. Bell, John. "ACT for Youth - Adultism." ACT for Youth. Ed. Jutta Dotterweich. Hopeworks 'N Camden, 2012. Web. 27 Aug. 2015.