Many have fond memories of their teen years.   The hottest and most adorned female and male teen ICONS of my generation, hung on glow-in the-dark posters in many bedrooms across America.   The tragic 2009 passing of 1970’s teen-idols Farah Fawcett-Majors and pop-music legend Michael Jackson, metaphorically at least, seemed to be the death of the innocence of teen idol fantasy.   Yes, those were the days.   Being pushed out the door after the American Bandstand Show, on Saturday afternoon, to go play outdoors until dinner; or, making that trip to the park with your best friend for a little pond critter harassment; lastly, arriving with starry-eyed anticipation at the recreation center, hoping that the shapely little brown-eyed goddess would be wowed by your athletic prowess.   Dominating the other scum-bags on the playground during the kick-ball game could net you a date at your local Ben Franklin’s five and dime, a long walk with her hand in yours, or the libido fulfilling French-less peck on the lips.
  In The Longmans Writer textbook, freelance writer Kay S. Hymowitz, a contributing editor for the Manhattan Institute for Policy’s quarterly publication, The City Journal, writes extensively about the education process and the child rearing challenges in America.   Her essay titled, “TWEENS: TEN GOING ON SIXTEEN”, clearly illustrates children between the ages of eight to twelve, or tweens, casting themselves in sexually pronounced adult behaviors by the age of twelve.   There are quite a few interesting connections that seem to validate kids now are eight going on eighteen.
  In illustrating one of her key points, Kay wrote, “Scorning any symbols of their immaturity, tweens now cultivate a self-image that emphasizes sophistication.   The Nickelodeon-Yankelovich Youth Monitor found that by the time they are 12, children describe themselves as "flirtatious, sexy, trendy, athletic, and cool” (Nadell, Langan, and Conodromos...