Photo by Grant Schol, University student photographer
February 14, 2014
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman tackles violence among youth
Retired Lt. Col. Dave Grossman of the U.S. Army continued the 2013-14 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium.
Grossman's presentation, titled “Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill,” examined the reasoning behind the world's growing rate of violence among children, particularly in school settings.
“Our children are more likely to be killed by violence than any other possible death," Grossman said. “We are in the middle of tragic, scary times, and it's only going to get worse.”
Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier and speaker, and he is an expert in the field of human aggression and the sources of violence and crime. Grossman has taught at West Point as a psychology and military science professor and has combined his experiences to create a new field of scientific study termed “killology.”
With breakthrough contributions, Grossman has shared information on the understanding of killing in war, the psychological expense of war, the causes of the current “virus” of violent crime, and the process of healing the victims of violence in war and peace.
In his Thursday night presentation, Grossman highlighted the negative effects vividly violent video games have on children at an early age. He also explained his views on the video game industry and the effects from media of all forms.
“Media violence causes violence in our society,” he said. “The average kid in America spends 50-60 hours a week in front of the tube, more time than they do sleeping. Are kids desensitized? No, they have just been taught to take reward from human pain or suffering.”
Though Grossman covered some rough content, his presentation concluded on a positive note.
“The one force on this planet stronger than self-preservation,” he said as he wrote the word boldly on an easel. “Love.”