In 2015, psychology professor Jonathan Haidt and free-speech activist Greg Lukianoff published “The Coddling of the American Mind” in The Atlantic. It argued that speech codes, trigger warnings, and safe spaces on college campuses are “disastrous for education—and mental health.” It quickly became the most-read article in the history of the magazine.
Now they’ve expanded it into a new book with the same title. …
Reason‘s Nick Gillespie sat down with them to talk about why they believe that, as their book’s subtitle puts it, “good intentions and bad ideas” about the supposed fragility of young people is “setting up a generation for failure.”
Watch the video in full to hear why they recommend young Americans take a break from schooling and do some real-world living before heading to college. Get the book, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting a Generation Up for Failure, here.