UK's Therapy Culture Creates 'Hapless' Students
Schools and universities are being undermined by a craze for encouraging students to talk about their feelings at the expense of intellectual rigour, the authors of a new book claim.
Times Higher Education reports that the book says a "therapy culture" is creating a generation of "hapless" students and lecturers.
In The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education, published next month, Dennis Hayes and Kathryn Ecclestone of Oxford Brookes University argue that institutions presume that students and staff are at emotional risk.
The book says "infantilised" students are declaring themselves dyslexic so they can get more support and that expressions of emotion are valued as highly as expressions of ideas.
Dr Hayes told Times Higher Education: "Turning teaching into therapy is destroying the minds of children, young people and adults.
"Therapeutic education promotes the idea that we are emotional, vulnerable and hapless individuals. It is an attack on human potential."
The book says: "The infantilisation of students reveals itself in the increased presence of parents on campus. …