The self-esteem fad has hit Britain, and teachers are now being asked to be therapists charged with developing “emotional literacy” in students. Writing in The Telegraph, sociologist Frank Furedi notes there’s no evidence to support feelgood education. He adds:
In previous times, educators were charged with teaching children to behave well. Good conduct was associated with clearly defined public acts such as politeness, honesty and altruism. The regime of therapeutic education is based on a form of behaviour modification that not only targets conduct but also attempts to alter certain forms of feelings and emotions.
Training a child how to feel is far more intrusive and coercive than educating a pupil in how to behave. That is why dealing with the question of how children see themselves should be the business of the parent.