In this program from the Family Action Network, Greg Lukianoff, the President and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), discusses the book he co-authored with Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D.,The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.
Greg Lukianoff is a graduate of American University and Stanford Law School. He specializes in free speech and First Amendment issues in higher education. He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech.
"A disturbing and comprehensive analysis of recent campus trends... Lukianoff and Haidt notice something unprecedented and frightening... The consequences of a generation unable or disinclined to engage with ideas that make them uncomfortable are dire for society, and open the door - accessible from both the left and the right - to various forms of authoritarianism." -- Thomas Chatterton Williams, The New York Times Book Review (cover review and Editors' Choice selection)
"So how do you create 'wiser kids'? Get them off their screens. Argue with them. Get them out of their narrow worlds of family, school and university. Boot them out for a challenging Gap year. It all makes perfect sense...the cure seems a glorious revelation."-- Philip Delves Broughton, Evening Standard
"The authors, both of whom are liberal academics -- almost a tautology on today's campuses -- do a great job of showing how 'safetyism' is cramping young minds. Students are treated like candles, which can be extinguished by a puff of wind. The goal of a Socratic education should be to turn them into fires, which thrive on the wind. Instead, they are sheltered from anything that could cause offence. . . Their advice is sound. Their book is excellent. Liberal parents, in particular, should read it." -- Edward Luce, Financial Times
"Their distinctive contribution to the higher-education debate is to meet safetyism on its own, psychological turf... Lukianoff and Haidt tell us that safetyism undermines the freedom of inquiry and speech that are indispensable to universities." -- Jonathan Marks, Commentary
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