The Vanishing American Adult

The Vanishing American Adult

Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild A Culture of Self-Reliance

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This program is read by the author. America's youth are in crisis. Raised by well-meaning but overprotective parents and coddled by well-meaning but misbegotten government programs, they are ill-equipped to survive in our highly-competitive global economy. Many of the coming-of-age rituals that have defined the American experience since the Founding: learning the value of working with your hands, leaving home to start a family, becoming economically self-reliant—are being delayed or skipped altogether. The statistics are daunting: 30% of college students drop out after the first year, and only 4 in 10 graduate. One in three 18-to-34 year-olds live with their parents. From these disparate phenomena: Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse who as president of a Midwestern college observed the trials of this generation up close, sees an existential threat to the American way of life. In The Vanishing American Adult, Sasse diagnoses the causes of a generation that can't grow up and offers a path for raising children to become active and engaged citizens. He identifies core formative experiences that all young people should pursue: hard work to appreciate the benefits of labor, travel to understand deprivation and want, the power of reading, the importance of nurturing your body—and explains how parents can encourage them. Our democracy depends on responsible, contributing adults to function properly—without them America falls prey to populist demagogues. A call to arms, The Vanishing American Adult will ignite a much-needed debate about the link between the way we're raising our children and the future of our country.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan Audio, 2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427283115
Characteristics: 1 online resource (11 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jan 13, 2018

While this book isn't entirely perfect, it's a good read. It addresses an important topic that young people in our culture aren't embracing adulthood. They cannot cope with the challenges of adulthood. From experiencing different point of views, knowing workplace etiquettes, having unreasonable expectations, the desire for constant praise and trouble embracing responsibilities. In fact normal adult responsibilities are often novelties to young adults, and the term "adulting" (which I loathe) has become common. As if being an adult is something that gets in the way of living life rather than a part of it.

We have a serious problem on our hands in this country. This book should be a sobering reminder for parents to remember that we aren't just raising kids, we're raising adults, and we should be preparing them for the world, not coddling them well into their twenties. The goal should be to raise self sufficient adults who are ready to leave the nest.

One problem I have with the book is that the author seems to be only appealing to a certain class of people and wouldn't always translate to working and middle class families well. Having said that if you're a fairly well read person that shouldn't matter. You can still read (or listen) to this book and get a lot of good insight from it.


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