The Coddling of the American Mind: A Review

I just finished reading a great book written by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt entitled The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.

If you’re a Kindle reader, you can get it for $4.99 in the Kindle store. If not, you might have to spend more like $10 for a hard copy. But I’m telling you: You. Need. To. Read. This. Book.

I give this book my strongest recommendation. I really think it might be one of the most important books I’ve read in quite some time. If you have a child, you need to read this book. If you’re an educator or a school administrator, you need to read this book. Just in general, you need to read this book.

Lukianoff and Haidt identify three “Great Untruths” that are dominating college campuses in this country today:

  1. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Weaker
  2. Always Trust Your Feelings
  3. Life Is A Battle Between Good People and Evil People

These “untruths” have greatly impacted the worldview of not only the Millennial generation, but even more the “iGen” of current college students and teenagers. This is the “safetyism” generation, those who are being taught that every microagression could make them “unsafe” — thus producing our current “call out culture.”

I’ll have more to say about this book later this year — there’s a lot to process here — but I wish everyone would read this. It’s eye-opening and important stuff.

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