LATENT FUNCTION OF EDUCATION
Creation of Adolescence
One latent friction o”f education has been the creation of adolescence and the prolonging of immaturity. Extended education postpones the child’s assumption of adult roles . It delays entrance into the labor market (with. tbe notable exception of farm labor), which some parents applaud, while others resist. Higher education prolongs dependency still further, as even students with part-time jobs
usually need some parental assistance. The extreme example of prolonged dependency is the perennial student, accumulating credits (or “incompletes”) and sometimes degrees. while living on loans, grants, scholarships, assistantships, and odd jobs but never finishing and entering competition for a permanent position.