The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis–and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance Author Ben Sasse
ISBN-10 1250114403
ISBN-13 9781250114402
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher St. Martin’s Press
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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

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