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An absorbing and almost frightening insight into the politics of outrage, oppression Olympics and ultimately failed generation that is the millenials and igen generation.
The manner in which the content is organized is logical and attempts to establish connections between societal trends that explain the current emotionally failed generation that is the millenials and igen generation.
The book falls short however in its final chapters where it sets out many often lofty ideas around how to combat the creep of safetyism in society. While some of the ideas hold merit - like supporting Chicago's decision to let incoming students know their university isn't a safe space - others are borderline laughable (i.e. universities admitting older and wiser students. Please- universities are now cash cows and accept from the largest swath of people available). The biggest failure that this book overlooks is the STATE'S IMPLICIT INVOLVEMENT in society's failure to inculcate a sense of responsibility in adults and its young. The book could have easily written a section for a change to take place in government and directly make the connection between the concept creep of safetyism which is enabled by a nanny state which has already started prosecuting adults who allow their 14 year olds to go to the corner store unattended. So long as government is legislating safetyism, the people will be cowed into safetyism. The same as well goes for Obama, whom the book lauds when he himself praised the book in his speech preaching "diversity viewpoints", IRRESPECTIVE of the fact that Obama's administration presided over legislation that attached federal funding of schools to the acceptance of questionable gender ideology as a condition of acceptance.
The book also fails to give due credit to the promulgation of identity politics by the Left. Mainstream media these days is underpinned by a constant hammering of a typical narrative around oppression and outrage and the book completely glosses over this. Any treatment of radical left students is portrayed in a clinically detached fashion without inherent criticism.
The book's largest failure is its inability to make the larger, more global connection: raising children to be antifragile means REJECTING essentially the pablum society feeds them. It means rejecting schools; rejecting the ideology foisted upon children and parents; it means rejecting progressive educational practices that treat children in a patronizingly infantile way with low standards.
If identity politics - the Left's main trump card - is what leads to society's gradual balkanization through the ad nauseam partitioning of " intersectional rights", then absolute rejection of theses - and of the current Left - is what is required.
The book does a fair job in dissecting various societal forces seeking to render us all fragile, but is too fragile itself in its treatment of the solutions offered to counter these forces.
This book really helped me to understand a lot of the cultural issues plaguing our societies today. The chapter on how to raise children in the midst of it also really helped me think through ways to raise my own.
This is a great book, which should be read by all parents and educators. It is an eye opener as to how kids, in past couple of decades, have not been prepared for adult life and what to do to change it. It explains why adolescents have been having so much anxiety and depression, and other psychological problems. It is an easy read and they have a summary at the end of each chapter which I found quite helpful.
The folly of education is eloquently described throughout. As an educator and watching the deterioration of student engagement despite every effort of the teacher to do so, Lukianoff and Haidt put everything together to explain why and how it’s happened. Having fought continually to keep the bar raised, its been defeating to see students who can only look down and refuse to try due to the coddling they’ve received from our devolving culture of expectations. When an admin tells a teacher who’s complained at how students don’t hand in work that they need to be more forgiving because “they’re only 14 you know”, there’s a massive problem in education. The title of this book says it all and thankfully all the frustrations have formally been written down so that hopefully due to the research we can try to turn this around to not only educate but provide accountability back into the student. It needs to start in elementary school not just in college. Every single teacher needs to read this book.
In an environment in which the setting sun, broccoli, and unicycles are potentially "problematic," it's nice to see moderates like Professor Haidt and Greg L take up the mantle of advocating for civil, reasonable disagreement and sounding the clarion call of bubble parenting. It's not just conservatives who should care about free speech being encroached upon (to show how serious it is, far left types are glib and dismissive of free speech advocates, even mocking them on social).
Overall an insightful analysis of the current academic zeitgeist, well researched and thoughtful. They offer remedies to the problem (touching on CBT To battle the 3 “untruths” and categorising associated symptoms ). Their liberal account on SJ started off shakily but did not detract from their thoughts of what fairness and justice are and could be(and how it these tenets benefit society overall). Regardless, the thorough and comprehensive authorship was worthwhile, the information will be of value.
I had so many ‘aha moments’ throughout reading this book. There are things happening over the last decade that I have discussed with my friends and coworkers but couldn’t quite define them. These guys nailed it - put definitions to the ideas and patterns we had recognized and tried to discuss but couldn’t quite get there.
if you are involved in any significant way with the I-Generation you would be well-served to read this book. the authors argue their case relentlessly, showing how (primarily) american kids have been 'coddled' unlike any previous generation. I would recommend reading this concurrently with jean twenge's IGen text- the two neatly work together. if I had to find a caveat with Coddling, it is that the potential solutions appear weak and anemic. I didn't really buy into them as real solutions. That being said, I highly recommend this book