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16.10.2016

What is behind the teenage rage incidents at schools?

The teenage brain is different, but this it not the whole truth.

It would be intellectual dishonesty and simplicity to explain the problem just like that.

Why didn’t we have these incidents in the 1950s-1980s?

The truth is that there are several lifestyle- and attitude-related reasons for this.

Dr. Larsson, a doctor of psychiatry, describes in his book the reasons he found for the unexpected suicide of his student son: sleeping too little, junk food (especially sugar) with its chemicals, the lack of nutrients that are essential to the brain, virtually non-stopping, hyper-active, noisy and violent social media, music and video entertainment, lack of exercise and calm moments – all this together simply confuses the teenage brain chemistry; the effect is stronger than in adults. What follows is melancholy, depression, learning problems, bullying and other disruptive behavior.

Many teachers have similar ways of life, as these bad habits have become common in all age groups. However, in the adult brain, the effect is not so strong.

In addition, the general lack of respect for teachers, inadequate school rules and teachers’ non-existent rights to intervene, puts us in a situation where a large part of the precious teaching time is lost because of disruptive behavior and lack of concentration.

Teachers also get tired and frustrated and loose their motivation to even try their best. Let's just try to survive somehow.

A characteristic feature of the modern times, often expressed also by many doctors, is to explain that the harmful effects resulting from lifestyle problems are due to something else than the individuals themselves. The fact is that these problems have built up and are building up partly because of failed school culture of order and wellbeing. We Finns could still affect, and heal, that with our own actions.