“Prostroy” is a new word I have coined to describe the process of protecting something so well that you destroy its use or value.
This morning I read, in another sign that the educational apocalypse is upon us, that several schools in England are discouraging strong individual friendships as well as the use of the phrase “best friend” in favor of group activities and friendships. This is being done purportedly in a few schools for primary students, to protect the children from themselves by positioning them to avoid any attendant emotional and social fall out when strong deep friendships end, thus avoiding any disturbance to the child and school’s learning environment due to the problem of ” friendship.”
Truly another example of avoiding a real issue and denying reality in our schools, until it really matters and in the process withholding from children the chance to gain the experiences needed work through and get over painful emotional experiences.
This is an egregious extension of the “no failure until you’re an adult” school of thought that plagues our educational system and world. Could this lead to a ban on pets and siblings as both will die sometimes or perhaps no contact orders for young children with grandparents after they reach 60 years old, as continued contact will most certainly lead to personal emotional disturbance and possible absence from school in the future. “Far fetched, ” you say but I can remember when chewing gum was a major offense.
If we continue to teach our children that failure and emotional distress do not exist then they will most certainly not understand how to handle it, when it just as certainly occurs in their future.