Sunday, September 18, 2011

China Orders University Students to Enroll in Mental-Health Courses

Maybe we should think about a more aggressive and preventative approach to dealing with student stress. From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

China’s Ministry of Education has ruled that all university students must take mental-health classes covering sex education and how to handle romance and academic pressure, the official China Daily newspaper reports, quoting a senior ministry official. Previously, such courses were voluntary, but the ministry ordered universities to draft a seven-part compulsory program in June, the official said. A pilot program in April at Beijing universities drew ridicule from some students, who criticized it as unnecessary. The ministry is concerned over the number of students who struggle to cope in college, according to the official. Many of China’s students come from single-child families, face enormous pressure to succeed, and have little experience of group living.


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