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WNYC Presents 'Being 12': The Year Where Everything Changes

WNYC Presents 'Being 12': The Year Where Everything Changes

Being 12 is a tough age. In 2015, not only is it the stage where students’ bodies start to change, it is also the age of cell phones and other technological trends.

In response, WNYC, New York City’s public radio producer and broadcaster, has just introduced “Being 12”, a series dedicated to this “vexing – and exhilarating – age,” according to a press release.

“Through audio news reports, videos, a photography series, and first-person testimonials by 12 year olds, ‘Being 12’ brings to life the array of faces, voices and perspectives of young New Yorkers and takes a deeper look into the complex issues they face,” the release said.

According to the release, “in the audio/radio series, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina offers her take on why she thinks middle school is the key turning point in a child’s life.”

“WNYC music host John Schaefer looks at the music industry’s extraordinary reliance on tweens – the only members of the public who actually still purchase music,” the release said. “Neuroscientists offer a peek inside the wilds of the rapidly-developing 12 year old brain. And middle school teachers share why it’s a particularly tricky age group to teach. In addition, ‘Audio postcards’ from five NYC kids reveal thoughts on social dynamics, personal passions, school and home life.”

"From policy to pop culture, all the ‘experts’ – educators, scientists, marketers – say 12 is a pivotal time, the age when a person’s identity, tastes and learning styles take shape,” said Patricia Willens, Senior Editor of WNYC’s Schoolbook. “We also know it’s an age of extreme vulnerability and confusion, as kids step closer to adulthood, with all the independence and responsibility that entails. “BEING 12” is a kaleidoscopic look at this awkward, crazy time and a tribute to the 12 year olds among us.”

The digital series, the release said, “goes straight to the kids” and the signature video looks at 12-year olds who “talk candidly about life as ‘mature kids’: they are honest, frightened, excited, opinionated, and dreamy as they talk about the challenges of school, the joys and terrors of technology and the beginnings of romance.”

See the signature video below:

According to the release, Being 12 will air daily on WNYC’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered Starting Monday March 9 to Friday, March 13. See here for additional online specials.

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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