and face the real world, it's kind of terrifying.
Students are increasingly seeking help for, and apparently having
emotional crises over, problems of everyday life. Recent
examples mentioned included a student who felt traumatized because her
roommate had called her a “bitch” and two students who had sought
counseling because they had seen a mouse in their off-campus apartment.
Those two actually called the cops. About a mouse.
...Our students are no different from what is being reported across the country on the state of late adolescence/early adulthood. There has been an increase in diagnosable mental health
problems, but there has also been a decrease in the ability of many
young people to manage the everyday bumps in the road of life. Whether
we want it or not, these students are bringing their struggles to their
teachers and others on campus who deal with students on a day-to-day
basis. The lack of resilience is interfering with the academic mission
of the University and is thwarting the emotional and personal
development of students.”
And what happens when they don't have a teacher to cry to? And school-provided "Now, now, it's not the end of the world" to support them?
• Students are afraid to fail; they do not take risks; they need to
be certain about things. For many of them, failure is seen as
catastrophic and unacceptable. External measures of success are more
important than learning and autonomous development.
Doesn't that sound a lot like the "Doesn't matter if what I'm saying/doing actually fixes anything, I'll be SEEN as a Good Person if I say/do it!" attitude?
Far too many pieces of the future, Deity help us.