"In my years as dean, I heard plenty of stories from college students who believed they had to study science (or medicine, or engineering), just as they'd had to play piano, and do community service for African, and, and, and. I talked with kids completely uninterested in the items on their own resumes. Some shrugged off any right to be bothered by their own lack of interest in what they were working on, saying, "My parents know what's best for me...
In a 2013 survey of college counseling center directors,
- 95% said the number of students with significant psychological problems is a growing concern on their campus,
- 70% said the number of students on their campus with severe psychological problems has increased in the past year,
- reported that 24.5% of student clients were taking psychotropic drugs.
The data emerging about the mental health of our kids only confirms the harm done by asking so little of them when it comes to life skills yet so much of them when it comes to adhering to the academic plans we've made for them."
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