In Summary
  • Today, learners get exposed to assault, homicide, abuse and other social vices through print, electronic and social media.
  • As psychologists would explain, this exposure to horrid situations has a negative effect on the learners.

  • They easily suffer disillusionment and the risk of maladjustment is high.

We have a social-emotional crisis brewing. The list of horrifying issues that we face is daunting. The gruesome headlines are testimony to the horrible state of affairs.

Undeniably, our learners are not shielded from the psychological effects of these crises. All too often, we receive reports of students involved in horrendous incidents: Sexual abuse. Arson. Violence. Drug and substance abuse. Suicide. Social media rants. Dysfunctional families. Violence. Homicide. The list is long.

CROSS-CUTTING

Two teenage students are facing murder charges after they reportedly massacred fellow students. In one of the incidents, a 17-year-old stabbed another boy in the neck with a knife as they fought over a barmaid in Tharaka-Nithi County. In the other, a 16 year-old Standard Eight boy stabbed a fellow teenager in the chest in Kericho as they quarrelled over the ownership of a phone.

Undoubtedly, the two cases of homicide indicate a lack of anger management skills and disregard for the sanctity of human life. This seems to be a cross-cutting vice. Wicked behaviour has become common. Political leaders, corporate executives, celebrities, clerics and other icons face prosecution for their indiscretions.

LIFELONG

In the modern-day societal setting, learners get exposed to assault, homicide, abuse and other social vices through print, electronic and social media. As psychologists would explain, this exposure to horrid situations has a negative effect on the learners. They easily suffer disillusionment and the risk of maladjustment is high.

However, psychologists promise us that it’s not all doom and gloom; we can fix the problem. We can incorporate the social and emotional learning component in the school system, an essential element for lifelong learning.

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