Communicating with School Leadership
Parents, thank you for having the courage to advocate for your children. Communicating with school…
Parents want our children to be set up for success — self-confident, optimistic, resilient, and prepared to work and make friends with people from many backgrounds.
But schools that teach equity ideology do the opposite. They divide students into us-versus-them groups based on race. They make them fragile by trying to shield them from any idea or experience that might disturb or challenge them.
This conditions kids for mental distress and self-doubt, not productivity and happiness. New York University social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff explain how in their best-selling book, The Codding of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.
This kind of teaching trains young people to “engage in the mental habits commonly seen in people who suffer from anxiety and depression,” say Haidt and Lukianoff. “If someone wanted to create an environment of perpetual anger and intergroup conflict,” they warn, this instruction “would be an effective way to do it.”
How does neo-racist teaching harm kids?
Today’s kids already lag well behind their older peers in maturity and readiness for adult responsibilities, say Haidt and Lukianoff. They also suffer from record-high rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation.
Today’s Neo-racist “equity” ideology is likely to make both problems worse. Here’s why:
They never learn to push back against teasing and mean-spiritedness by “keeping power” for themselves. Remember “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”?
What should we tell school leaders we expect for our kids?
Haidt’s and Lukianoff’s original article in The Atlantic that inspired The Coddling of the American Mind: How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus – The Atlantic.
Haidt’s and Lukianoff’s web site, thecoddling.com, which explains the book, features videos, and offers solutions for parents to a broad spectrum of mental health problems that today’s children are encountering.