This post explores how all adults are adulist. It includes a definition, my perspectives, and some logic supporting the idea.
Almost all adults are harming almost all children right now. This happens inadvertently and directly; coincidentally and intentionally; by design and on accident. And it happens in many ways, including actions that are personal, structural, and social in their orientation. Our abuse ranges from casual personal offenses that range from slights of language to dehumanizing cultural alienation; structural bias from architectural discrimination to laws without political representation; and social harm including de-centering schooling biases and demeaning child-adult interactions.
I am a firm believer in the power of youth. Since I facilitated my first youth workshop in 1997, I have been an advocate for youth empowerment, routinely showing young people, youth workers, educators, administrators, politicians and parents the power, purpose and possibilities of youth.