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the weakest generation
Mass Insanity is Creating a Snowflake Generation

File this under “new heights of insanity”: a British high school considers banning homework to “reduce stress” among students. The Times reports on efforts by Eve Jardine-Young, the principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, to “boost” students’ mental health:

She said it was not clear that handing out homework in two or three subjects was appropriate today. One answer might be university-style “flip learning”, where pupils read up on material before classes, she suggested. The school also considered whether it might improve its girls’ wellbeing by admitting boys, but decided against it.

Ms Jardine-Young said that she was deeply concerned by what she regarded as a crisis of adolescent stress and unhappiness. The average age at which depression was first diagnosed had almost halved from 29 in the 1960s to 15½ early this century, she warned.

“What we’ve been reflecting on a lot in the last few years are the big national trends and international trends in the worsening states of adolescent mental health,” she said. “We’ve created this epidemic of anxiety for ourselves as a society, and if our obligation as educators is to try to the best of our ability to set young people up as best we can for whatever the future may hold, then to ignore this whole area or to trivialise it is really irresponsible.”

This is the kind of story that really does speak for itself. Who knew that an epidemic of mass insanity would lead a generations of parents to warp their kids into weak and fragile Precious Snowflakes who are simply unable to cope with the normal stresses and strains of daily life? Today’s children will grow up in a dangerous world in which the forces of order are staging a disorderly retreat before the geopolitical ambitions of dictatorships on the one hand and the pornographic fantasies of blood-crazed religious fanatics on the other.

There are real monsters out there and homework isn’t one. If kids are not taught to manage daily life, they certainly won’t be able to face the ordeals that await them as adults.

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  • Xenophon

    Those kids are lazy and entitled.

    • JR

      It’s not their fault. The fault lies with their parents who raised them this way. As a parent myself, I’m the one who has to take responsibility on how my kids are raised and which character traits should be emphasized.
      I feel really sorry for the students at Cheltenham Lady’s College. School of Real Life is way harder than the “college” they are in.

  • jeburke

    Are there really more anxious or depressed teens or is it just that now there are legions of school administrators, psychologists, counselors and social workers busily ferreting out every sign of “adjustment” problems, whereas 50, 60, 70 years ago, young people were simply expected to suck it up?

    • Andrew Allison

      Speaking as one of those who sixty-some years ago had quite a lot to suck up, the answer is self-evident.

    • Pete

      Yea, and somehow, someway more money always seem to flow into the ‘education’ system so these so-called problems can be addressed. .

  • Boritz

    I share Mrs. Young’s concerns.

  • Rezzie Flanders

    These folks spent the first years of their lives strapped into a child car seat, never climbed on a bike without a helmet on, and played in playgrounds with bouncy rubber everywhere so no one got hurt. All good ideas and best practices, but still…

    They didn’t walk to school. They were dropped off and picked up. America’s Most Wanted left a legacy.

    Plus, no one is allowed to be unhappy any more. If you’re unhappy, it’s someone else’s fault, and something must be done.

    These things add up.

  • eoros

    Maybe it has more to do with the break down of the traditional family and the number of single moms with no dad in sight. But hey don’t worry, now we will have two dads or two moms, what could go wrong?

  • fastrackn1

    These are the type of things that happen, and will continue to happen, as long as the human race continues to supplant tens of thousands of years of Darwinism with the gadgets and social engineering of our modern civilization.

    Mother nature will win in the end…she always does….

  • ronan

    Seventy one years ago this week 18-year olds were charging across Omaha beach. Now, homework is considered too stressful. Just sayin.’

    • iconoclast

      18 year olds are in Afghanistan now being targets because of a coward’s Rules of Engagement. They are grown ups.

    • молячыся

      *****FIVE STAR COMMENT*****

  • FriendlyGoat

    Excessive screen time with TV, games, and video can contribute to depression. Children harassing each other can lead to depression. Poverty can lead to depression. Falling behind socially or economically can lead to depression. Our modern news cycle can lead to depression. Homework in reasonable amounts does not lead to depression.

  • молячыся

    Stress and failure are a part of REAL life. Not letting children experience it and learn how to deal with it as children creates those who take it out on others when they get older and stress or fail in REAL life.

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