Are We Preparing Students for the Road?

The Coddling of the American Mind. How good intentions and bad ideas are setting up a generation for failure. By Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt; Penguin Press (An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC); New York, New York; 2018; ISBN 9780735224896; pp 338; $28 (hardcover).
  • Richard BalonEmail author
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“Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.”—Folk wisdom, origin unknown

U.S. society has become ideologically divided to the point of seemingly no return. The division looks most palpable on the polarizing television news outlets, but it seems to be everywhere. Increasingly, one of the places where discontent and division are most visible and militant is college campuses. Division appears even in places such as residency training programs; I remember one recent residency class being deeply and irreconcilably divided over political issues. This phenomenon is disquieting for many who have been used to debates and discussions rather than fights, harsh arguments, and dismissals. As educators, we have to ask ourselves how did we get here, what can we do to overcome this divide, and how can we help our trainees to learn to think and to be able to debate and discuss issues they disagree about in a civil, tolerant way.

Greg Lukianoff, an expert on the First Amendment, and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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