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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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.
Citing how over-protected youth are ill-equipped to handle the demands of the real world, a guide to raising self-reliant young adults explains how to revive core formative experiences to create responsible, active, and engaged citizens. --Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250114402
1250114403
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 25 cm

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judithval
Aug 21, 2017

On holiday out-of-province. Pick-up at later date, after Sept. 1

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StarGladiator
May 17, 2017

THEY lay off American and Mexican farm workers in central Washington and California, and farm workers in Hawaii, then fly in cheaper Thai farm workers [2007], then claim they cannot find enough American or Mexican workers!
THEY replace American IT workers with foreign IT workers, then claim they cannot find enough skilled American workers!
After the passage of Sarbanes-Oxley some years back, a survey was conducted of Fortune 500 CEOs, and it was found that over 83 percent were unable to read a simple financial statement.
Appears the problem doesn't reside with the young American student or worker, but a severe shortage of competent CEOs is the major problem.
Another clown writes another clownish book - - ignores that 7 million jobs have been offshored with the resultant 1 to 3 jobs which depended on those offshored jobs subsequently disappearing [for a total of 15 to 20 million jobs gone], and the problem is one of self-reliance, so sayeth this clown author!?!? From 1979 to 2012, 84 percent of economic wealth went to the top 1 percent! Can't this clownish author do simple arithmentic?
Ho, hum, . . . .bet I know how this dude voted on all those free-trade agreements which offshored the jobs, and bet I can even guess how much he made in payoffs for voting for them!
[I note in your author bio you avoided any military service. What exactly did you learn at Oxford, Ben? ? ?]

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BurningBrule
May 17, 2017

Looking forward to reading this book. I heard NPR's interview with the author and it was compelling.

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