A profile of Martin Seligman and how his positive psychology philosophy and techniques behind “learned optimism” are being deployed in Irish schools. The idea being that kids are change agents for all of us (of course.)
“We’re being beaten over the head with doom and gloom,” MacIntyre says. “Collectively, it’s as if we’re in an emotional cul-de-sac. We need something to combat that and the best place to start is in the classroom.”
Part of the urgency stems from the fact that in the past 50 years, the average age for the onset of depression has dropped from 30 to 15.
Jean Johnson, a teacher at Schull Community College, Cork, says unhappiness and the fear of failure feed into a vicious cycle of learning difficulties, but her classroom feels noticeably different since she took the course.