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Review of Malcolm Harris’ Kids These Days by young people encountering education in Australia

Review of Malcolm Harris’ Kids These Days by young people encountering education in Australia HER Review of Malcolm Harris’ Kids These Days by young people encountering education in Australia 48,1 Edited by Harris Malcolm Little Brown and Company 272pp. ISBN-13: 9780316510868 Keywords Kids These Days Review DOI 10.1108/HER-06-2019-069 In recent years, a great deal of angst has been generated in the public sphere about what is wrong with young people. Their phones have given them short attention spans, they do not turn up to lectures, and they eat avocado that has been cruelly smashed rather than austerely spread on toast. All of this, some commentators have suggested, somehow explains why the generation marketing folk have labelled “millennials” have been unable to buy into Sydney’s property bubble. In contemporary media, criticisms of “kids” by “adults” are myriad and sometimes weird. Malcolm Harris’ 2017 book Kids These Days gained traction in the US media by engaging with these discussions. Kids These Days, however, also asks us to turn our attention from the kids to the world into which they have become adults. Many of these observations are relevant to the history of education. Kids These Days is about “human capital”. It describes a world where obtaining the skills and knowledge used at work has become http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Education Review Emerald Publishing

Review of Malcolm Harris’ Kids These Days by young people encountering education in Australia

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0819-8691
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10.1108/HER-06-2019-069
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HER Review of Malcolm Harris’ Kids These Days by young people encountering education in Australia 48,1 Edited by Harris Malcolm Little Brown and Company 272pp. ISBN-13: 9780316510868 Keywords Kids These Days Review DOI 10.1108/HER-06-2019-069 In recent years, a great deal of angst has been generated in the public sphere about what is wrong with young people. Their phones have given them short attention spans, they do not turn up to lectures, and they eat avocado that has been cruelly smashed rather than austerely spread on toast. All of this, some commentators have suggested, somehow explains why the generation marketing folk have labelled “millennials” have been unable to buy into Sydney’s property bubble. In contemporary media, criticisms of “kids” by “adults” are myriad and sometimes weird. Malcolm Harris’ 2017 book Kids These Days gained traction in the US media by engaging with these discussions. Kids These Days, however, also asks us to turn our attention from the kids to the world into which they have become adults. Many of these observations are relevant to the history of education. Kids These Days is about “human capital”. It describes a world where obtaining the skills and knowledge used at work has become

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History of Education ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 3, 2019

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