Self-Esteem Is a Real “Downer”

In earlier generations, teachers worried about students mastering skills rather than having high self-esteem. They knew that high self-esteem in the long run was the product of high achievement, not the other way around.  But, based on spurious beliefs about what determines human performance, the emphasis of education has changed dramatically over the past two to three decades. 

The unfortunate result is an epidemic of students with high self-esteem and low achievement.  The culprit is an educational system, and .....

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