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Why focus on youth?
The adolescent years build on the foundations established in childhood and set the course across the lifespan. In focusing on "youth," we are referring not only to a specific developmental period, but also to the childhood experiences that influence youth, as well as the early adult years that are determined by successful adolescent passages.
Investments in adolescents, or conversely the failure to address their needs at this stage of development, can result in lifelong consequences for youth and for our society.
Dr. Myer Horowitz, Founding Chair of the Centre for Youth & Society, has been pondering lately what’s changed in the education world since he started his career as an elementary school teacher in 1952.
Dr. Horowitz was recently asked to return to the University of Alberta – where he served as President from 1979 to 1989 – to deliver the Keynote Address at the Festival of Teaching 2010. Asked to speak about some of the shifts in the education system he’s witnessed, he says that although a lot has changed, the fundamentals have remained constant.