Book Talk: Praise for The Vanishing American Adult

Making a Habit out of Learning

During this summer, I’ve taken on the crazy task of working full time and continuing my education. For the past several years, I’ve grown a passion for learning . . . not necessarily school, but learning. I’ve placed myself in a habit of of what I call the “continuous carrot.” I always want to have a goal of some kind to shoot for.

Reading has never been my strong suit. Not that I couldn’t read, ha-ha, but that I really didn’t enjoy it. It just was not pleasurable. However, I’ve been trying to develop a habit. I’ve found that I enjoy it the more I do it. I’m still picky about the topics. I love “Johnny Carson moments,” meaning that I like to think, “I did not know that.” I want to learn new things.

Book Talk: The Vanishing American Adult

vanishing american adultCurrently I’m finishing a book called The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse, US Senator from Nebraska. For any high school junior or senior, college student, or parent, this is an amazing read. What I love about this book is that it is a clear evaluation addressing “why” the adults that we are producing today are not those of yesterday. The methods of society, discipline, education, technology, etc. have molded our new adult product.

Several of the topics that are addressed have to do with right of passage vs. entitlement. The way of thinking that has been a result of society, law, technology, parental influence, and religion has had a paramount impact on the leaders of the future.

I, along with many adults and parents, have long been concerned about the younger generations’ thinking processes and prioritization. The Vanishing American Adult addresses many of these concerns, touching many of the causes that I personally have never thought to observe. For young people, if they have it within them to examine trends and avoid as many deficiencies for their future as possible, this is worth examining.

I highly recommend this book to all of my friends, co-workers, and young people alike. Great Book! 

By David Hethcock, SMA Admissions Officer

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