To think that a presidential election could cause so much psychological harm to our students that they need grief counseling. That is exactly what Montgomery County Public School in Maryland is doing.
According to The Daily Caller, the school system is offering therapy to students in order for them to be able to cope with the results. Curriculum is also being made available to teachers who want to discuss the election in class.
Superintendent Jack R. Smith wrote in a letter that “our staff and students in processing the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election.”
“Counselors are available to help students process any concerns or feelings they have about the election. Curricular resources have been provided to assist teachers in discussing the election,” Smith’s letter said.
But this is not solely a result of a school system in one of America’s richest counties, but rather a nationwide epidemic that shows us just how ill-prepared the majority of today’s youth is in handling defeat and other setbacks.
As Madeline Levine explains at Parents.com,
The irony is that disappointments are actually beneficial for kids. Learning to deal with setbacks helps them develop key characteristics they’ll need to succeed, such as coping skills, emotional resilience, creative thinking, and the ability to collaborate. “Parents see failure as a source of pain for their child instead of an opportunity for him to say, ‘I can deal with this. I’m strong,'” says Madeline Levine, Ph.D., author of The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids.
We in America have sought to protect our youth from any disappointment, and this has spilled over to the point where a presidential election causes such psychological trauma that therapists are needed.
Part of making America great again is going to be the need to help our youth deal with disappointments, because only then will they be able to overcome and create something truly great.