Wednesday, June 29, 2005

In the Future, We'll All Be Victims

Or at least we'll claim we are. The New Yorker reports on a new, touchy-feely program by New York Public Schools to teach students about the hurtful effects of ridicule and teach them to be more caring and sensitive. Hey, I'm all for being polite and not needlessly insulting each other, but this whole idea that we deserve to be protected from ridicule is, well, ridiculous.

People are going to insult us--sometimes viciously. That's a fact of life and it's never going to change. We need to raise children who can handle criticism, not children who think they deserve to be protected from it. I quote noted philosopher and anti-victimologist, Denis Leary: "Life sucks. Get a helmet." How's that for a curriculum?

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin


At 2:02 PM, Blogger Ted Carmichael said...

I like Denis Leary. He's very funny. So is George Carlin, who said that kids today are weaker because they never got a chance to build up immunity by swimming in the East River.

I'd certainly agree that learning how to deal with criticism and ridicule is a good thing. But my knee-jerk reaction is, what's wrong with having a moral component to our education system? It's possible the program is over-formalized and silly - I didn't read the article, and, frankly, don't really care - but offhand, I'd say there's nothing wrong with the intent.

Parents still have the ultimate responsibility of instilling a sense of empathy in their kids. Surely they could use all the help they can get?

At 2:14 PM, Blogger Alan Stewart Carl said...

Yeah, I'm being, as Tom Cruise would say, glib. But you gotta read the article. This isn't some soild moral teachings (which I too would support) but yet another atempt by segments of our population to protect children from things they don't need to be protected from.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Laniker said...

Anyone read Christina Hoff-Summers and Sally Satel's One Nation Under Therapy?

At 2:25 PM, Blogger Heiuan said...

Common, everyday ridicule isn't a big problem on my scale of things to worry about.

It does, however, become an issue when the ridicule becomes systematic and is part of extreme bullying.

Our kids need to learn to deal with jerks because those people are never going to go away. However, when a jerk starts continuously picking on one kid just because he can, then the little shit needs to be stopped.

Just my opinion as a mother of an elementary school child.


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