After many years of working with teenagers in a youth work capacity and as a community arts facilitator, I've become exhausted with the narrative we adults push on young people. Stay in school / work hard and you will be successful / plan your career wisely / be an upstanding citizen / collect qualifications / act professionally.
My own artwork and approach to teaching has been profoundly influenced by the energy and outlook of the teenagers I've worked with. What an incredible time in your life, where you are finding out who you are and how you fit into the world. Nothing is concrete, everything is malleable, everything is dramatic. In light of this, I'd like to propose we adults revisit some of the language we impose on teenagers, and how we describe those young people who push our buttons.
Maybe we should all aspire to be a bit of troublemaker.