George Barna’s recent surveys show two things:
- The future of children is Americans’ greatest general concern.
- The effect of peer pressure is the greatest specific concern surrounding their future.
It should be. As readers of this blog are aware, I contend that peer pressure has the rule of law in this society, and this starts with the much vaunted "socialisation" obtained in schools. However, when parental and school administrative examples are weak, peer pressure will dominate the view. It’s that simple. Peer pressure ultimately engendered the "teen culture" which has been a fixture in our society since World War II.
Peer relationships–and the pressure that goes with them–are not only unavoidable, they are important in personal development. Left without connection to the past, however, they become a classic case of the blind leading the blind. Left without substantial counterbalance, they become a tyranny that no amount of law or rules can break.