From today's New York Times:
In 1966, only about 19 percent of high school students graduated with...By 2013, 53 percent of students graduated with...As late as 1987, nearly half of high school students...By 2006, less than a third of all students...In 1966, 48 percent of students said...By 2006, more than 60 percent of students said...If you go back and read oral histories conducted in the 1950s and 1960s...In 1974, 77 percent of students enrolled...By 2013, only 57 percent...In 1976, 50 percent of freshmen...By 2006, 69 percent of freshmen...Since 2005, the number of students who say...In 1966, only 42 percent of freshmen...By 2005, 75 percent of students said...In 1966, 86 percent of college freshmen said...Today, less than half say...[S]tudies suggest that today’s students score about 40 percent lower...In 1985, only 18 percent of freshmen said...By 2013, 33 percent said...In 1985, 64 percent of students said...[I]n 2009, roughly 75 percent of freshmen said they had a stronger...
So what do all of these maths teach David Brooks about the lives of little people going about their business far, far below?
...Human nature hasn’t changed much. The surveys still reveal generations driven by curiosity, a desire to have a good family, a good community and good values. But people clearly feel besieged....The inner world wanes; professional intensity waxes.
Reading David Brooks for his incisive content is like masturbating to Good Housekeeping magazine.
Sure, it's theoretically possible, but who the hell would actually do such a thing?