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

, | Penguin Pr | 9/4/2018

ISBN-10 : 0735224897   ISBN-13 : 9780735224896   List Price : $28.00

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A timely investigation into the campus assault on free speech and what it means for students, education, and our democracyIn September of 2015, Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff wrote a cover story for the Atlantic called "The Coddling of the American Mind" in which they detailed the catastrophic campus war on freedom of speech. It is now one of the most read articles in the one hundred and sixty-year history of the magazine. Haidt and Lukianoff, overnight, became the go-to experts on this new American intolerance. In the two years since the article originally ran, campus culture has grown immeasurably worse. We've all seen the headlines: Charles Murray's appearance at Middlebury College devolved into a violent brawl; invitations to speak on campus have been rescinded to conservatives of all stripes; and many universities now have Bias Response Teams of students who are deployed anytime a professor offends anyone. Rather than freedom of speech, college is now offering students freedom from speech.Haidt and Lukianoff argue university speech codes are teaching students the literal opposite of grit; they are instilling depression and anxiety. Students are learning that their feelings are always right; they are learning to always look for faults in others and not themselves; and they are learning that pain and difficulty are to be avoided at all costs. Not only are these obviously bad practices, they run afoul of ancient teachings in both Eastern and Western traditions, as well as modern psychological findings. In our efforts to become a more just society, we are forgetting everything we know. Haidt and Lukianoff dig deep into the historical and social threads that have come together to breed a generation in crisis. They look at trends in K-12 education and parenting, and they interview employers to find out what happens when recent college grads enter the workplace. The insanity of our current political situation is closely linked to the problems on campus. Americans must learn basic skills of debating without ruling the other person out of bounds. As for solutions, Haidt and Lukianoff investigate everything from small legal reforms to more ambitious programs like challenging universities to choose between a coddling model or a truth model, to changes in social media that would discourage virtue signaling and trolling. In an attempt to both understand and grapple with the crisis on campus, this book is a powerful tool in restoring the ability of Americans to live alongside each other.

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  • ISBN-10: 0735224897
  • ISBN-13: 9780735224896
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 304
  • Dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.00 (d)
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