The Wussification is Complete: Two College Students Called Police and Sought Counseling After Seeing a Mouse in Their Apartment

Posted by on Oct 01, 2015 at 8:36 am

Jesus H. Christ, what the hell is wrong with these people?

A year ago I received an invitation from the head of Counseling Services at a major university to join faculty and administrators for discussions about how to deal with the decline in resilience among students. At the first meeting, we learned that emergency calls to Counseling had more than doubled over the past five years. Students are increasingly seeking help for, and apparently having emotional crises over, problems of everyday life. Recent examples mentioned included a student who felt traumatized because her roommate had called her a “bitch” and two students who had sought counseling because they had seen a mouse in their off-campus apartment. The latter two also called the police, who kindly arrived and set a mousetrap for them.

Faculty at the meetings noted that students’ emotional fragility has become a serious problem when in comes to grading. Some said they had grown afraid to give low grades for poor performance, because of the subsequent emotional crises they would have to deal with in their offices. Many students, they said, now view a C, or sometimes even a B, as failure, and they interpret such “failure” as the end of the world. Faculty also noted an increased tendency for students to blame them (the faculty) for low grades—they weren’t explicit enough in telling the students just what the test would cover or just what would distinguish a good paper from a bad one. They described an increased tendency to see a poor grade as reason to complain rather than as reason to study more, or more effectively. Much of the discussions had to do with the amount of handholding faculty should do versus the degree to which the response should be something like, “Buck up, this is college.” Does the first response simply play into and perpetuate students’ neediness and unwillingness to take responsibility? Does the second response create the possibility of serious emotional breakdown, or, who knows, maybe even suicide?

Two weeks ago, that head of Counseling sent us all a follow-up email, announcing a new set of meetings. His email included this sobering paragraph:

“I have done a considerable amount of reading and research in recent months on the topic of resilience in college students. Our students are no different from what is being reported across the country on the state of late adolescence/early adulthood. There has been an increase in diagnosable mental health problems, but there has also been a decrease in the ability of many young people to manage the everyday bumps in the road of life. Whether we want it or not, these students are bringing their struggles to their teachers and others on campus who deal with students on a day-to-day basis. The lack of resilience is interfering with the academic mission of the University and is thwarting the emotional and personal development of students.”

Back in my college days I saw plenty of kids who were wholly incapable of functioning away from their parents and many dropped out. Some had to be whipped into shape, so to speak, about how to survive on their own. Perhaps it was my upbringing where I had to learn to fend for myself by the teen years, and by the time college came around I was able to function as an independent adult.

Maybe some kids are just too coddled and can’t handle simple things like seeing a mouse. Parents, you need to allow your kids to grow and mature before they get to college. Otherwise, they’ll become part of the victim culture, emotional basket cases unable to handle the slightest criticism or any of life’s other hurdles, without crawling into the fetal position. Let them lean to fail, brush themselves off and try again.

We can’t survive as a nation of pussies.

Via Tim Blair.

3 Responses to “The Wussification is Complete: Two College Students Called Police and Sought Counseling After Seeing a Mouse in Their Apartment”

  1. STW on 1/01/15 at 1:24 pm

    My wife works with a woman whose daughter calls her everyday from college with the weather report so her mom can tell her what to wear.

    I’ve a daughter who was teaching graduate level education courses at a SoCal university. She didn’t do a lot of coddling and expected her students to be adults. Some complained. The school admin determined that expecting results was mean. She left.

    Those students are probably teaching in a classroom right now.

  2. Grandson of TheGrumpus on 1/01/15 at 8:04 pm

    Well, this is what the radicals in “Progressive Education” have been working towards: nice brainless, easy to manipulate, dependant, imaginationless little robots.

    Why are they complaining about their success?

    On a slightly different note, one of my sons teaches Kempo, and he’s told me that they’ve had to change both the training, as in how they interact w/students and present the lessions and the expectations of what level of accomplishment is reasonable to expect from today’s students. He said that this is a worry throughout the martial arts culture of the USA and Europe. Either the training changes, becoming easier, or the dojo closes from lack of students.

    He tells me that a brown belt from today is comparable to a belt two ranks lower from when he started teaching twenty-two years ago. It’s not just his discipline, it is roughly the same everywhere.

    What on earth is wrong w/people?