Education: New Lost Generation?

"In spite of optimism, philanthropy, and youth conferences, this is one hell of a world for kids to be trying to grow up in."

So said Columbia's famed Sociologist Robert S. Lynd (Middletown, Middletown in Transition), at a youth conference in New York's City Hall. The trend which alarmed this veteran tracker of U.S. trends was the prospect that the nation's early-teenagers are growing up to be a new "lost" generation like that in Germany and Austria after World War I. "Too young for the glory of having been in war," said he, they will...

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