The Coddling of the American Mind: Are We Setting Up a Generation for Failure?

photo"The NYC Political Forum"

For this meeting, we'll discuss a 2018 book by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt entitled "The Coddling of the American Mind."

The synopsis:
Generation Z, those born after 1996, seem to be very different from other generations. They tend to be reacting very strongly to situations that previous generations did not. The protests on campuses, the demand for trigger warnings and the growing call-out culture has become a big issue. The end result is that these young adults are not being prepared for the real world and they are having a harder time coping with adversity in their life.

The analysis:
The authors advance the motion that there are three "tenants" growing in popularity among this age group. The authors then explain this by identifying the six underlying causes:

1) Rising political polarization and cross-party animosity.
2) Rising levels of teen anxiety and depression.
3) Changes in parenting practices.
4) The Decline of free play.
5) Growth of campus bureaucracy.
6) Rising passion for justice in response to major national events.

For this meeting, we'll discuss the six above causes identified by the authors.

Reading assignment is not mandatory, but all attendees are strongly urged to be familiar with the main points.

Optional reading and other reference materials:

▨ The 2015 Atlantic article entitled: "The Coddling of the American Mind -- In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health."


▨ More info regarding the 2018 book

More details to follow.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

Saturday, October 12 at 3:00 PM