Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Coddling of the American Mind Redux

One of the best books I've read in the past few years is The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Ideas and Bad Intentions Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, by Greg Lukionoff and Jonathan Haidt,

I find myself referring to it often, as a lens through which to interpret things like microaggressions and victimhood culture. 

Their book is a more thorough follow-up to their famous Atlantic essay, "The Coddling of the American Mind." This article provoked much discussion. So does the book.

Read the article to get the idea. 

If you find Haidt valuable, see also The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars, by Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning.

I also subscribe to The Chronicle of Higher Education, and read it cover to cover. There's much there, written by university leaders and professors, on how to handle the growing microaggression and victimhood mentality in students, which shackles the free exchange of ideas.