chapter  1
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Introduction

For too many there can be an attitude of ‘I was a teenager once, therefore I know what it is like.’ This does not follow. When we each imagine our own childhood we are viewing it from our hopes, fears and values of today. Even if we had not lost the key to our own adolescence we cannot inhabit the world of today’s teenagers. We all develop in a unique time and the issues are unique to that period. Pressures differ, fears differ. The value of education changes over time as well. There are times when education is seen as the key to work opportunities, and others when it is not. There are times when school staff are highly valued. And there are times when schools are seen to be part of the problem rather than the solution.