East Carolina University will offer “adulting” class to help students cope with the transition “from home life to college life and into their adulthood,”
It’s hoped Remedial Adulthood— the university prefers “resilience education” — will relieve the stress on college counselors, writes Robby Soave for the Daily Beast.
Across the country, more college students are seeking help for anxiety and depression.
“Today’s children grow up with their elders ever present to organize the game, settle the scores and slice the snacks,” as Skenazy puts it.
“Emotionally coddled, easily offended, mentally traumatized students” are skewing the campus climate, writes Soave.
They are the ones calling for what psychologist Jonathan Haidt describes as “vindictive protectiveness,” or institutional policies designed to protect students from psychological harm.
These policies are well-known to readers: trigger warnings that require professors to consider whether they are teaching objectionable material; safe spaces that appear on campus whenever a visiting speaker expresses a controversial idea; speech codes that thwart students’ efforts to exercise their First Amendment rights; and “Bias Response Teams” that investigate members of campus for saying the wrong things, even inadvertently.
At the expense of free expression, these policies promise to protect students from discomfort — and from growing up.