We have all had to do it and many people HATE doing it…Public Speaking. In school, most of us had to give presentations in front of the class and that still holds true for most schools today. However…it looks like a school in Massachusetts has students (and some of the parents) up in arms over this age-long tradition to get a grade.
While the Association of American Colleges and Universities has said the most sought after skills today is communication, written communication is only part of the need. There is a strong desire for public speaking or presentations. It is so important that a recent study concluded that 90% of employers are looking for this one skill.
So, let’s get to what is happening at the school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, there is a movement from kids and their parents to no longer require kids to give presentations in a public forum, or to give them at all because they cause or escalate anxiety. Supposedly, the desire to not overcome an anxiety is more important than the exposure therapy to overcome it. All this despite the benefits of public speaking for kids as it improves leadership skills, confidence and a general increase in understanding and mastery the material that has been learned.
The protests that have cropped up recently are calling out school administrators and teachers as discriminating against students with anxiety.
Here are a few examples:
Teachers, please stop forcing students to present in front of the class & raise their hand in exchange for a good grade. Anxiety is real.
— amberlicious. 💧 (@DAMNBlEBERS) January 30, 2017
stop forcing students
to present in front of the
class and give them a
choice not to
— leen (@softedhearts) September 8, 2018
As you may see that these students would rather keep their anxiety and not face the fact that anxiety can be overcome, there are some that disagree.
Just so you know, “Exposure therapy” is commonly used amongst psychologist as a behavior therapy to help treat anxiety disorder. So your point about “ it can’t be cured facing your fears.” Is just false.
— Mightykeef (@MightyKeef) September 10, 2018
At this point, the school has not disbanded their requirement of public speaking, but it is still early and as we have seen, public entities are likely to “adjust” their way of thinking. We shall see.
Check out whole story and info about this particular school here.