Liberation's Children: Parents and Kids in a Postmodern Age

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Kay Hymowitz explores the predicament of a generation growing up in a world where adults lavish them with material possessions but don't know how to provide them with the ordinary truths that give life meaning. She takes the measure of a young generation afflicted with a loss of deep connection, civility, and moral clarity, as well as a depleted vision of the human predicament.

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Overview

Kay Hymowitz explores the predicament of a generation growing up in a world where adults lavish them with material possessions but don't know how to provide them with the ordinary truths that give life meaning. She takes the measure of a young generation afflicted with a loss of deep connection, civility, and moral clarity, as well as a depleted vision of the human predicament.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
Offers an original and coherent reading of contemporary bewilderment about what our children need....
Booklist
Rewarding...penetrating.
National Review
One of America's best analysts of child-rearing...fascinating.... Hymowitz is on to some very important truths...a masterpiece.
Foreword
Hymowitz raises difficult questions that should not be ignored, and she presents them with a befitting urgency.... Thought-provoking...
Bookwatch
A very different set of insights which parents will appreciate.
Adolescence
Sharply drawn analyses...
The Weekly Standard
Scrupulously points out the all-too-familiar obsession with individual autonomy.
Foreword Reviews
Hymowitz raises difficult questions that should not be ignored, and she presents them with a befitting urgency.... Thought-provoking...
Adolescence Magazine
Sharply drawn analyses...
ForeWord Reviews
Hymowitz raises difficult questions that should not be ignored, and she presents them with a befitting urgency.... Thought-provoking...
Review Of Higher Education - Paula S. Fass
This book is both engaging and brutal as social observation...
Judith Wallerstein
An informed, intelligent and very powerful critique...Written with wit, with pointed examples and with passion. A very important book.
William J. Bennett
Adults...should take note of Hymowitz's observations about what 'liberation' has wrought.
Capitalism Magazine - Thomas Sowell
A devastating debunking of fashionable ideas that have brought much frustration and heartache to parents and children alike...It is impossible to summarize the many insights of 'Liberation's Children’. Get a copy of each and discover their sobering message yourself.
Human Nature Review - Mark Daims
Liberation’s Children is a collection of essays that deserves to be knit together into the fabric of a book.
The Washington Post
In the intriguing essays that Kay Hymowitz has assembled in Liberation's Children, she uses teens as only one of several stages of development in order to lament our culture's failure to provide values and directions to its progeny. Many of these essays will hit a painful nerve for the generation of parents who jockey for social place by riding their kids' achievements from elite nursery schools to Ivy League colleges. — Paula S. Fass
Adolescence
...Sharply drawn analyses...
Thomas Sowell
"A devastating debunking of fashionable ideas that have brought much frustration and heartache to parents and children alike."
Capitalism Magazine
Adolescence
...Sharply drawn analyses...
Booklist
Rewarding...penetrating.
National Review
Hymowitz is on to some very important truths in this book....A masterpiece of culture criticism.
Times Literary Supplement
...Offers an original and coherent reading of contemporary bewilderment about what our children need....
Library Journal
From the cradle to college, there's not much right with kids today, claims journalist Hymowitz-or, more accurately, with their brainwashed parents and the shallow consumerist culture surrounding them. In a series of articles reprinted from City Journal, an urban policy magazine, the author discusses the media's reluctance to report bad news about day care; the machinations of rich Manhattan parents trying to get their tykes into the best kindergartens (which sounds like a chapter from The Nanny Diaries), the shallowness of Sesame Street, "tweens" (preteens who no longer act like children), the lack of school discipline, and need for more coherence in college graduation requirements. The author is a competent writer, so all of this goes down easily, but books such as David Elkind's The Hurried Child and Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind have covered the same material in greater detail. An optional purchase for public libraries.-Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Washington Post
This book is both engaging and brutal as social observation...
— Paula S. Fass
Weekly Standard
Scrupulously points out the all-too-familiar obsession with individual autonomy.
Capitalism Magazine
A devastating debunking of fashionable ideas that have brought much frustration and heartache to parents and children alike...It is impossible to summarize the many insights of 'Liberation's Children’. Get a copy of each and discover their sobering message yourself.
— Thomas Sowell
Human Nature Review
Liberation’s Children is a collection of essays that deserves to be knit together into the fabric of a book.
— Mark Daims
Review Of Higher Education
This book is both engaging and brutal as social observation...
— Paula S. Fass
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566635981
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Kay Hymowitz is the author of Ready or Not: Why Treating Children as Small Adults Endangers Their Future and Ours. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, and the New York Times, and is a contributing editor of City Journal.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Fear and Loathing at the Day-Care Center 3
2 Survivor: The Manhattan Kindergarten 19
3 On Sesame Street, It's All Show 35
4 Raising Children for an Uncivil Society 54
5 Who Killed School Discipline? 73
6 Tweens: Ten Going on Sixteen 87
7 What's Wrong with the Kids? 108
8 The L Word: Love as Taboo 122
9 J. Crew U. 138
10 Ecstatic Capitalism's Brave New Work Ethic 150
11 The End of Herstory 170
Index 191
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