Hollowed Out: A Warning about America's Next Generation (Hardcover)
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Do teachers have a front row seat to America’s decline?
Jeremy S. Adams, a teacher at both the high school and college levels, thinks so.
Adams has spent decades trying to instill wisdom, ambition, and a love of learning in his students. And yet, as he notes, when teachers get together, they often share an arresting conclusion: Something has gone terribly wrong. Something essential is missing in our young people.
Their curiosity seems stunted, their reason undeveloped, their values uninformed, their knowledge lacking, and most worrying of all, their humanity diminished.
Digital hermits of a sort unfamiliar to an older generation, they have little interest in marriage and family. They largely dismiss—and are shockingly ignorant of—religion. They sneer at patriotism, sympathize with riots and vandalism, and regard American society and civilization as so radically flawed that it must be dismantled. Often friendless and depressed, they eat alone, study alone, and even “socialize” alone.
Educators like Adams see a generation slipping away. The problems that have hollowed out our young people have been festering for years. A year of COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing have magnified them. The result could be a generation—and our nation’s future—lost in a miasma of alienation and stupefaction.
In his stunning new book, Hollowed Out, Jeremy S. Adams reveals why students have rejected the wisdom, culture, and institutions of Western civilization—and what we can do to win them back. Poignant, frightening, and yet inspiring, this is a book for every parent, teacher, and patriot concerned for our young people and our country
About the Author
Jeremy S. Adams is one of the most decorated educators in the state of California. In 2018, he was the first classroom teacher inducted into the California State University, Bakersfield, Hall of Fame. A graduate of Washington & Lee University and CSU Bakersfield, he has written on politics and education for the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Sacramento Bee, and many other outlets. He lives with his family in Bakersfield, California.
"Everything Jeremy Adams says about the psychological, cultural, moral, and spiritual vacuum in the lives of the rising generation rings frighteningly true. Unless we change course, our civilization will careen toward collapse.”—R. R. RENO, editor of First Things
“As Jeremy Adams demonstrates, young people today have no sense of history, no knowledge of their own civilization, no loyalty to their country, no love lives, no interest in reproducing, no valuable skills, no attention spans, no ambitions and hopes. Hollowed Out belongs in the illustrious company of God and Man at Yale and The Closing of the American Mind. The apocalypse is now, and it’s probably too late to stop it, but we might just have one last chance. Read this book.”— ELIZABETH KANTOR, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature
“From teaching Greek and Latin in high school a century ago to teaching remedial English in college today, it’s been all downhill for American education. The effects of this ‘hollowing out’ are now too obvious to excuse or explain away, as Jeremy Adams shows in this succinct but powerful overview of our educational catastrophe. The continued success—if not the survival itself—of the ‘American experiment’ is in doubt if we do not reverse this condition. The good news, perhaps, is that since we’ve fully hollowed out education, it can’t get any worse (but just might). The time has come for citizens to step up and reclaim our educational heritage.”— STEVEN F. HAYWARD, author of The Age of Reagan and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents
“Jeremy Adams’s warning about America’s ‘hollowed-out’ students is as troubling as it is clarifying, and so—in the spirit of The 1776 Report—a clarion call for renewing our civic soul.”— MATTHEW SPALDING, executive director of the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission and dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government, Hillsdale College
“In Hollowed Out, Jeremy Adams brilliantly nails the terrifying ways that our culture has manipulated and shredded the identities of our children. He masterfully articulates hope and the solutions that every adult must know.”— MEG MEEKER, M.D., bestselling author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters