The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance
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In an era of safe spaces, trigger warnings, and an unprecedented election, the country's youth are in crisis. Senator Ben Sasse warns the nation about the existential threat to America's future.
Raised by well-meaning but overprotective parents and coddled by well-meaning but misbegotten government programs, America's youth are i...more
He went out of his way, multiple times, to give an opinion and then say (paraphrasing) "It's not the end of the world or anything, but this is how our educational system is -- in my opinion -- going the wrong way, and this is the background for my opinion."
Based on Colton's response and because Ben Sasse is a senator, I assume this "question" is trying to take a jab at him politically? Frankly, I was surprised at how happy I was to read a (non-political or otherwise) book by a politician, let alone a currently-in-office Republican, and now, having read it, I'm surprised that you, Max, would have such a low quality "question" about this amazingly well-executed book.
I asked before, but I mean it: Did you read the book? (less)
Sasse wrote that the children of today lack character. But he has shown me that he himself lacks character, or honor. Sasse wrote that the children of today are unable to become independent. However, Sasse ...more
Many more of S ...more
I did find it troubling that he is painting an entire generation with the same brush, and ...more
I’m as surprised as anyone that I read, let alone greatly enjoyed, a book by Republican (but, phew, #NeverTrump) senator from Nebraska. I really think the only reason I picked it up was because Sasse’s face isn’t on the cover. If it were, it would look like every other politician’s memoir and therefore a waste of time.
But this isn’t that, not by a long shot. Sasse, a Ph.D in history and former colle ...more
An earnest, Christian, Ivy-league educated, cornfields-to-Congress husband and father and former university president who saw sad deficiencies in his students and worked to remedy them in his children.
I don't fundamentally share the hope Sasse has for America; I just don't have it in me. ...more
Dear Mr. Senator,
Your book was ah-ight.
Who was your intended audience? I'm hoping it's people like us -- white, mid-western, privileged folk. I think that was your intent, but to not explicitly state that makes me wonder if you think all young people have equal footing in this race of life. As you mention you were afforded great opportunities (traveling abroad, bowls games, trips to the ocean, experiences on the farm, etc.), but there are young people and their parent ...more
HE SUGGESTED THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ LUTHER'S GREAT GALATIANS COMMENTARY. It made me want to be a better dad, and it gave me practical advice on how to do that.
I was inspired and challenged (in a salutary way) by a book BY A POLITICIAN. Like that happens. Well, yes, I guess it does. BECAUSE IT DID.
This book was written thoughtfully and thoroughly. The background on world and American history, in conjunction with the Senator's perspective on today's culture is fascinating and appreciated. I look forward to hearing more from Senator Sasse in the future!
Examining a veritable panoply of issues, the author centers upon myriad issues in modern schooling such as age segregation, over-consumption, lack of knowledge or literary skills, and also the incomplete ...more
As Sasse says, before we disagree about political solutions, we need to agree on the problems. One of the main problems is that we're failing our children in helping them become the type of people who are independent, well-rounded, gritty problem solvers. I want to raise the type of kids Sasse envisions. He provides plenty ...more
Ben Sasse is much more intriguing when he gets into the weeds about creating a list of books that his homeschooled kids should read in preparation of "coming of age." (One of his multiple post-graduate degrees is from St. John's College--the Great Books ...more
EDIT: Also, the lame Photoshop job on the cover bugs me every time I look at it. 😆
The author quickly claims that this isn't going to be a "get off my lawn" rant, but the nature of his first examples provided too much evidence that he doesn't have a very sophisticated vision of "the problem".
Specifically, he says:
But first, we need to agree on the problem....more
I believe our entire nation is in the midst of a collective coming-of-age crisis without parallel in our history. We are living in an America of
Sasse disabused me of my latent, millennial skepticism toward American exceptionalism and republican government. More than a policy pamphlet, however, this book works from the ground up--starting with the simple idea that America has always been a country of resilient adults, but that young people today (my age) have opted into a form of perpetual adolescence, shirking all ...more
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