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Challenges modern parenting and identity politics.

If you're at all concerned about today's cultural climate—especially how it impacts youth and free speech—"The Coddling of the American Mind" is an insightful read. Lukianoff and Haidt dissect the consequences of "safetyism" with a critical eye, making a strong case for why well-meaning but overprotective behaviors may be setting up a generation for failure. It's a compelling examination that questions current societal trends in parenting and education, with potential solutions that could stir healthy debate.

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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

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ISBN: 9780141986302
Publisher: Penguin
Date of Publication: 2019-06-06
Format: Paperback
Goodreads rating: 4.24
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A timely investigation into the campus assault on free speech and what it means for students, education, and our democracy. The generation now coming of age has been taught three Great Untruths: their feelings are always right; they should avoid pain and discomfort; and they should look for faults in others and not themselves. These three Great Untruths are part of a larger philosophy that sees young people as fragile creatures who must be protected and supervised by adults. But despite the good intentions of the adults who impart them, the Great Untruths are harming kids by teaching them the opposite of ancient wisdom and the opposite of modern psychological findings on grit, growth, and antifragility. The result is rising rates of depression and anxiety, along with endless stories of college campuses torn apart by moralistic divisions and mutual recriminations. This is a book about how we got here. First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt take us on a tour of the social trends stretching back to the 1980s that have produced the confusion and conflict on campus today, including the loss of unsupervised playtime and the birth of social media, all during a time of rising political polarization. This is a book about how to fix the mess. The culture of “safety” and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints have left many young people
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If you're at all concerned about today's cultural climate—especially how it impacts youth and free speech—"The Coddling of the American Mind" is an insightful read. Lukianoff and Haidt dissect the consequences of "safetyism" with a critical eye, making a strong case for why well-meaning but overprotective behaviors may be setting up a generation for failure. It's a compelling examination that questions current societal trends in parenting and education, with potential solutions that could stir healthy debate.