April 12, 2024

America’s woke education is fueling the mental health crisis

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According to a new Gallup poll, “happiness” in America is plummeting, adding to mounting evidence that the US has a mental health crisis on its hands. It is particularly alarming that these bleak findings include children, teenagers and young adults – demographic groups that have traditionally enjoyed relatively worry-free lives and positive prospects as they move into a life full of promise.

But the data is sobering: suicide is the second leading cause of death among children ages 10 to 14 and young adults ages 20 to 34. In addition, 55% of young adults under the age of 30 suffer from anxiety and 47% are depressed and/or hopeless. Unfortunately, these statistics don’t surprise me.

As a college professor, I have not only observed a significant increase in the number of students struggling with mental illness, I have also witnessed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) replacing traditional curricula and learning objectives from kindergarten through higher education .


The emphasis on wokeism in education, combined with the decline of traditional values, is fueling the mental health crisis among young people, leading to rising anxiety, depression and unhappiness. If we don’t change course soon, we will lose this generation to hopelessness and despair.

America’s youth are facing a mental health crisis that includes both anxiety and depression. For blame, look to the education bureaucracy.

Our education system has transitioned from cultivating critical thinking skills and knowledge to indoctrinating and training activists through various DEI initiatives. For example, students are regularly subjected to stories steeped in anti-American sentiment. More than 4,500 schools across the country have adopted parts of the discredited “1619 Project,” which promotes division and brands America as an inherently oppressive nation.

The 1619 Project assigns blame and victimhood to individuals based on racial and ethnic characteristics. This fuels shame, resentment and disagreement, leading to more depression and anxiety. Instead of focusing on what unites us as Americans, impressionable minds are led to view each other with suspicion, creating a tribal mentality.

Unlike many other countries plagued by internal conflict due to tribalism, such as Afghanistan and Rwanda, our country’s success lies in its ability to unite so many different people through E Pluribus Unum – Out of many, One. Our education system is actively destroying the principle that is essential to the success of our nation.

Education officials also use scare tactics when teaching about politicized topics like climate change. States have fast mandated that climate change be taught for all grades and subjects, but the problem lies in How it is taught.

Climate change is presented as “climate justice,” and students are told that humanity will perish in a climate apocalypse for which they are responsible. While previous generations were encouraged to see the future as full of opportunity, today’s youth are bombarded with the doom and gloom of their environmental footprint. How could they not feel depressed and anxious?

Climate alarmism has had a significant impact on the mental health of young Americans, with 75% expressing concern about climate change and 67% reporting climate anxiety. When professors equate having children with selfishness, it further contributes to these fears while damaging the family unit. This is reflected in the fact that only 23% of people under the age of 30 consider having children very important.

Research points to marriage, family, and faith as overwhelming components of human happiness and a fulfilled life. The family unit provides love, companionship, support, and purpose unlike any other feature of the material world. No government or social program can replace this; children who come from stable homes are more likely to thrive and less likely to experience mental health problems.


If division and fear aren’t enough, woke education diminishes self-esteem and purpose, which are essential to mental health, because schools routinely lower standards in the name of equality. For example the NYS Board of Regents skill redefined after students performed twice below the national average. The entire student population is made to feel inadequate because education officials have little confidence in their abilities.

Multiple studies show that higher expectations lead to superior results. It’s the Pygmalion effect. When goals are set and students achieve the set goals, it improves their mental well-being. Simply pushing everyone through the system perpetuates the cycle of mediocrity.

School should be an experience that gives students a purpose and a sense of direction in life, especially in college. The number of Americans with a college degree has doubled, so why is it that 58% of young adults report having no meaning or purpose in life and 50% feel they have no sense of direction? This should tell us that something is clearly wrong in our education system.


If we want to address the mental health challenges facing young Americans, we must first recognize that curricula based on woke ideology contribute to fear, anxiety, and division. Our curricula should focus on knowledge rather than indoctrination. They must be based on critical thinking, reasoning, and a comprehensive understanding of civics – our nation’s history and values. This will give resilience and confidence to the young minds.

Our education system has cultivated a climate of despair for too long. Let us reclaim our educational institutions where young minds are nurtured and not brainwashed, and nurture the younger generation with optimism about the future. This will undoubtedly strengthen the bonds that bring us together and inevitably alleviate the mental health epidemic plaguing our youth.


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