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They’re off to college! Millions of teenagers are headed back to college or on their way there for the first time to develop the skills needed to lead productive lives. They’re on their own and, in their eyes, grown-up adults. If only.

We’ve all been teenagers, and some did risky things and survived. Not everyone survived, however. I thought about this after reading a sobering article in The New Yorker as summer drew to a close. It discussed the neuroscience of the unfinished adolescent brain. The bottom line: We’re not fully wired in our teen years, making us do things our adult selves would blanch at.

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