Lessons From Frost’s Cabin

Drunken acts of vandalism were recently inflicted upon Robert Frost’s historic Vermont farmhouse, prompting questions about the connection between the drinking age and destructive party environments. We strongly believe that what transpired on Frost Lane cannot and should not be connected to the drinking age,  but rather, speaks to the lack of alcohol education and widespread disrespect for law amongst young adults.

In this case, the perpetrators were all under-18 — true minors by every standard marker of adulthood — eroding plausible connections to the drinking age.  However, what the New York Times has coined a “violation of both the law and the spirit” (nice pun!) exemplifies the problematic culture of alcohol permeating youth circles in America. Drinking to excess is often seen as a noble act, and destroying property in the Homer Noble Farm (or dorm hallways, for that matter) an accepted rite of passage.  Young adults need to receive a thorough alcohol education — one that is reality-based, interactive, and can curb unlawful and disrespectful behavior.

In reforming youth attitudes towards the law, there are miles to go before we sleep. But try, we must.

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