Two stories caught my eye this week for the starkly contradictory picture they paint of a younger generation. First, an opinion piece in the Washington Post added to the collective pearl-clutching over free speech on college campuses. According the piece, a poll showed that a fifth of college student felt it was ok to use violence to shut down disagreeable opinions.
Another piece, also in the Washington Post, described psychological evidence that “kids these days” are better than ever. It charted continuous improvement over generations in children’s abilities to delay gratification, along with rises in average IQ’s and declines in risky behaviors.
On closer inspection, the poll about college free speech, bought by the Koch brothers, falls apart, while the story about rising capabilities of younger generations has lots of corroboration. It inspired a post at Forbes about the college free speech hoax. In short, the kids are alright, and they might just save us all.