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Catching up with ‘Coddling,’ the Conclusion: Announcing the new official Afterword by me and Jonathan Haidt

September 9, 2021

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.


Hello everyone,

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.