McCardell airs drinking age plan in Atlantic's "Ideas" issue

I came home to my latest issue of <em>The Atlantic</em> earlier this month, started flipping through the magazine, and discovered — lo and behold! — that one of our Middlebury neighbors has a prominent place in the magazine's featured "Ideas: Fixing the World" section. John McCardell — a president emeritus and history professor at Middlebury College — is gaining national attention for his plan to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. While not quite as humorous as <a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/222216/march-19-2... appearance on the Colbert Report</a href> a few weeks back, his brief essay in the magazine is worth a look. McCardell writes:"The way our society addresses this (binge drinking) problem has been about as effective as a parachute that opens on the second bounce. Clearly, state laws mandating a minimum drinking age of 21 haven’t eliminated drinking by young adults—they’ve simply driven it underground, where life and health are at greater risk."McCardell's idea? Teach drinking. <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200907/ideas-drinking">Read more here</a href>, and check out McCardell's organization at www.chooseresponsibility.org.(McCardell isn't the only Middlebury man to crop up in the pages of the Atlantic recently — back in May, Middlebury College professor Jay Parini contributed <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200905/historical-fiction-key-west">"How Historical Fiction Went High Brow"</a href>, also well worth a read.)

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