My teenage sons are the smartest people I know. And sometimes the dumbest, too.

Teenagers prove you can know everything and nothing all at once

Teenagers
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Teenagers fool us with their size, vocabulary, and swift mastery of new devices. They seem to be about the right shape to fit into the adult world. They drive cars. They know algebra. So it's always momentarily shocking to find out that they don't know how to address an envelope or operate a can opener.

My kids are the only people in my house who are as smart as my smart TV. I honestly have to enlist their help every time I want to change the channel. They know how to work Netflix, and they can figure out how to get WiFi anywhere in the world. And yet…

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