EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a series updating developments since the publication of “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure” (2018).
Earlier in this series:
• Part One: Introduction
• Part Two: Trigger warnings, social media, and mental health
• Part Three: Censorship from the right
• Part Four: Political polarization
• Part Five: Paranoid parenting
• ‘Coddling’ Caveat #1: Social media
• Part Six: U.S. income stratification
• Part Seven: Paranoid parenting with Kate Julian and Caveat #2
• Part Eight: Free play and childhood independence
• Part Nine: Bureaucratization, administrative bloat, and tuition
• Part Ten: Corporatism and free speech
• Part Eleven: Bias response teams
• Part Twelve: Apolitical censorship
• Part Thirteen: Title IX
• Part Fourteen: Ideological litmus tests in ed schools
• Part Fifteen: Ed school conformity and censorship
• Part Sixteen: Ed schools and the possible triumph of a thought reform model
Future articles can be found here.
For several months now, Jon Haidt and I have been working on an Afterword to update our findings and thinking from our 2018 book “The Coddling of the American Mind.” And, in a result that probably won’t surprise you, our update quickly became way too long to add to the printed book. Therefore, we have decided to release the Afterword online in seven segments based on themes of the book over the next two months, and then put the entire Afterword together in a single document available on our book site, TheCoddling.com. We are also planning to do an audio version of the Afterword for those of you who, like me, prefer to consume their reading with their ears. We plan to start this next Thursday and, sidenote, it is always fun to be writing with Jon again.
This will essentially serve as a conclusion to my series “Catching up with Coddling,” the full content of which you can read here. Thanks to all of you who contributed to this series and for all the readers, especially those of you who provided us with helpful feedback.