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The vanishing American adult : our coming-of-age crisis--and how to rebuild a culture of self-reliance / Ben Sasse.

Sasse, Benjamin E., (author.).

Available copies

  • 6 of 6 copies available at Sage Library System.

Current holds

0 current holds with 6 total copies.

Summary:

"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.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Baker County Library 305.2420973 .S252v 2017 (Text) 37814003106839 NON-FICTION Book None 06/13/2017 Available -
Cook Memorial Library - La Grande 361.1 S252 (Text) 35178001643850 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 09/23/2017 Available -
Milton-Freewater Public Library 305.24 Sasse (Text) 37862000393793 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 06/26/2017 Available -
Ontario Community Library 305.24 SASSE (Text) 33330004286920 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 07/17/2017 Available -
Parkdale Community Library 305.240973 SAS 2017 (Text) 33892100463687 Adult Non-Fiction Book None 06/23/2017 Available -
Pendleton Public Library 305.24 Sa79 (Text) 37801000580421 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 07/17/2017 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250114402
  • ISBN: 1250114403
  • Physical Description: 306 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-295) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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: whythis wasn't a policy book -- Afterword: Teddy Roosevelt, from the grave to Twitter.
Summary, etc.:
"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.
Subject: Adulthood > United States.
Young adults > United States
Self-reliance > United States.

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