I tried to make it explicit to say that maturity also depends on the person. There are very many stupid old people as there are wise young people. i taught a 17 year old who was a child soldier and had killed people in war. I mean, I am never going to get to his forms of life experience, no matter how old I am and what I do in my life. I am commenting more generally, but i’m also putting forth opinions on what I consider how we structure our society and the values we place on certain things.
So like i said before, of course young people have a place in education, and of course there are things they bring to the table that old people don’t have (ie. your examples of memory of what it’s like to be in high school and my example of technology).
And I think what you said actually backs up my sentiment of experience (i’m very much a supporter of Dewey if you are familiar with his philosophies of education). I think it’s a mistake to consider teaching as just about having modern teaching techniques (although maybe this is not what you meant), and your example of using relevant, real-world concepts is a testament to that. Being able to relate to your students and be relevant is based on experience. I think with age comes experience - but I am also very much aware of the fact that that’s not the case all the time. You can be 60 years old and have never seen anything outside a 50 km radius. You could be 17 years old and have been a child soldier!!
Which is why it’s so important for us as society to provide the necessary resources for teachers to be able to gain certain knowledge and understanding that is outside “the textbook”. You can have all the most modern teaching techniques in the world, but when you’re faced with a former child soldier, there’s nothing in my teaching techniques book that’s going to help me relate to that kid. teaching is as much a “feel” as it is a “skill”. and that feel comes from living - but not just any old kind of living either - like i said, you might have lived a long time but that doesn’t mean you’ve experienced anything.