Teaching 'Self-Esteem' Is A Crock

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    The infustion of the mantra, 'do not hurt the child's self-esteem' for the past 25 years has finally been proven irrelevant, if not harmful. Truth is, the idea of not using 'red ink' or in some cases, just not marking wrong answers, wrong, does NOT build self-esteem or lead to better performance down the line. I've always suspected that it makes those that aren't mastering the materia, feel 'just fine' and perhaps delusional about what they do and don't know:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/17/AR2006101701298.html

     
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    As if I needed a "report" from some institution to tell me that!
     
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    GMTA, Kathianne! :) I was just going to post this morning about this. When I went in for parent teacher conferences last week, I saw a poster in the hallway, advertising the "3 Rs."

    Remember the old days when the "3 Rs" were "Reading," "WRiting," & "ARithmatic"? Well, those days are gone. The NEW 3 Rs are "Respect Yourself," "Respect Others," and "Respect Your School." :(
     
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    Maybe they have higher test scores and like math because they are naturally good at math?

    AMEN!!!
     
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    Self esteem was the snake oil of the 1980s and 1990s. No evidence exists to suggest that higher self esteem equates to improved academic performance.

    I believe it was based on Maslow's hierarchy of needs theory, which was debunked long ago....

    I once read that the only group that did indeed have high self esteem were violent criminals. That explains why many of them do not respond to rehabilitation... they don't feel the need to reform. I'm sure Castro, Kim Jong Il, Saddam Hussein also have what psychologists call "high self esteem", but the rest of us call "pathological narcissism".
     
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    I think there's some confusion between real self-esteem, which is based on accomplishments and ability, as opposed to this blow sunshine up your butt, rainbow fish kinda garbage that I think destroys incentives and creates people who don't think they have to earn anything or accomplish anything.
     
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    I agree, and that damn rainbow fish should be in a can! TOTAL :bsflag:
     
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    I agree. When they had the kids read that awful book in pre-K, I actually went up to see his teacher. Imagine, a book that tells kids that they won't be accepted if they're special, or talented or accomplished but they have to be like everyone else. Totally bizarre.... I ended up having a long talk with my son and I was really honest about why I hated that book. I think he understood. :thup:
     
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    But, the shiny foil fish scales and blue underwater colors were pretty. :)
     

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