“It is easier to build strong children than to heal broken men,” Frederick Douglass once said. Douglass spoke of a generation living in the 1800s, but the same seems to ring true today. Oprah, Christian radio, media outlets, and more all appear to have something to say about childhood trauma. Although the idea is sadly nothing new.
K-12 schools serve the Frozen generation, children and adolescents who have grown up with “Let It Go” as their anthem. Perhaps it is not surprising that Social-Emotional Learning has become a hot topic in education in order to support students who have spent their youth singing lyrics like, “let it go, let it go, can’t hold it back anymore.”
I am sitting in a training for K-12 educators and suddenly overcome by emotion. My eyes well up with tears, waves of nausea grip my stomach, and my face pales in pain. These changes in my demeanor are almost imperceptible over Zoom, hidden by a small screen and masked by the flawless filter.