The vanishing American adult : our coming-of-age crisis--and how to rebuild a culture of self-relianceEdition: First edition.Description: 306 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781250114402; 1250114403.Subject(s): Adulthood -- United States | Young adults -- United States | Self-reliance -- United States | Self-reliance -- United StatesDDC classification: 305.240973
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- Stranded in Neverland -- From little citizens to baby Einsteins -- More school isn't enough -- Flee age segregation -- Embrace work pain -- Consume less -- Travel to see -- Build a bookshelf -- Make America an idea again -- Postscript: why this wasn't a policy book -- Afterword: Teddy Roosevelt, from the grave to twitter.
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.