#Coddling readers check out ‘Catching Up With Coddling part 2: Trigger warnings, screen time v. social media, COVID-19 and the continuing decline of Gen Z's mental health.’1/3
It’s a new long read updating our book, the Coddling of the American Mind. The post is by, @AdGo, @PamelaParesky, & me with special thanks to @JonHaidt on his feedback & input. 2/3
A big thanks to @katejulian for her great cover story in @TheAtlantic for drawing more attention to the spike in anxiety & depression among young folks. We will be returning to her work when we update our chapter on “Paranoid parenting.” 3/3

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3 Mar
A new “Catching Up With ‘Coddling’”! We’re looking at the effects of bureaucratization on campus. In other words, as colleges evolve into megacorporations, what does that mean for inquiry, education, & #freespeech? 1/21

This is the TENTH part in the series where we revisit the topics in @JonHaidt & my 2018 book, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” with new data, developments, & caveats. 2/21

In describing the relationship between bureaucratization & the decisions campuses make, we consider three basic frameworks: the narrow corporatism theory, the broader corporatism theory, & the strong corporatism theory. 3/21
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26 Feb
THREAD: The winner of my Prestigious Ashurbanipal award for February 2021 is @mgurri’s prophetic book “The Revolt of the Public,” specifically the extended 2018 edition. 1/10

Recommended to me by @kmele, it has had a profound effect on my thinking on the state of the world.

The book introduces two key concepts I’ve incorporated into my “modular argument” for #freespeech. 2/10
1st: “Gurri’s negation,” his observation that the explosion of social media & information technology has tremendous power to tear down institutions, ideas, & people (e.g. cancel culture), but, as of yet, very little ability to create or sustain. 3/10
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12 Feb
THREAD: This week, we got an email from someone who found our Catching Up With “Coddling” (CUWC) series on thecoddling.com & asked why we stopped the series after 2 articles. Concerning, b/c we’ve published 8 of them so far! 1/12 cc: @JonHaidt
It was our fault that the articles were not as easy to find as they should have been, so we’re making navigation tweaks with the help of FIRE's great web dev @jpmerig. If YOU didn’t know about them, read on! 2/12
CUWC part 1: Introduction. It, well, introduces the series, identifying the trends we’ll update with new information we’ve learned since the book was released. 3/12

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5 Feb
THREAD: For some fun TGIF fare let’s highlight some great @TheFIREorg gifs (TGIGIFs?) made by our AMAZING comms staff! (All of which are available through the gif button on Twitter & Facebook!) 1/8
I LOVE this animation of the logo for my blog, the Eternally Radical Idea! It salutes 3 once-radical ideas — the earth’s elliptical orbit around the sun, the structure of hydrogen AND Doctor Manhattan’s iconic symbol! 2/8

This adorable gif is from our Speech Code of the Month for February 2021. We feel like we’re stuck in a Groundhog’s Day-style time loop, having complained about this civility policy @JohnsHopkins since 2006! 3/8

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2 Feb
THREAD: In our 8th installment of Catching Up With Coddling, our series updating trends @JonHaidt and I covered in Coddling of the American Mind, we’re covering free play & childhood independence with help from @FreeRangeKids & @DianeRedleaf. 1/10

Since 2018, studies have continued to confirm the positive effects of free play on childhood development. For example, Feb 2020 meta-analysis of 16 studies showed a variety of benefits of outdoor free play vs structured indoor play 2/10

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A 2020 study on an elementary school that implemented @LetGrowOrg Play Club where students participate in unstructured free play found that participants reported better moods & greater readiness to learn. 3/10

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27 Jan
Today on ERI: @AdGo calls out @UCF for its attempt to fire tenured prof @CharlesNegy in a way that "will undermine the concept of academic freedom." (1/22)

In Dec. 2019, students complained about Negy’s tweets, calling them racist & harmful; @UCF said they were #freespeech. In June 2020, students complained again. This time, @UCF solicited more complaints & opened an investigation. (2/22)

The day after that, @UCF held a video chat where students asked about Negy. Admin said, “the wheels are in motion… believe that by the time you get on the campus as a freshman, it will have been dealt with.” (The “it” was Prof Negy.) (3/22)

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