What Can We Learn From Teenagers?

Teens march in Madison on March 14, one month since a deadly shooting in Parkland, FL.

Teens march in Madison on March 14, one month after a deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, FL. Mark Riechers (TTBOOK)

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All over the country, a chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They are marching, protesting and demanding a better future as we – the adults – watch them with a kind of heartbreaking pride. These teenagers are not waiting for adults to figure things out for them.

They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to reshape the conversation around everything from gun control to education to climate change.

What can we learn from teenagers today? What do they have that the rest of us don't?

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