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Great quote from the article:

“Education prepares students for the real world while equipping them with the tools for change”

In a culture where every kid is made to believe they are winners and no losers for fear of decimating “the child’s self-esteem”, reading “The Cult of Individualism” was refreshing.

 

A few of the highlighted points include this sense of entitlement and belief of kids that  they are innately special and because of that do not have to work so hard because they are entitled to benefits anyway.

 

The writer’s suggested approach of focusing on the behavior and not on the person ” is commendable and drives home the point with an example, “I like that you show all your steps; it shows me clearly how you are thinking” is better than “You’re smart at math”.

I know I am guilty of focusing the praise on just the person.  How about you? Do you agree or disagree with this approach and wny?

The Grumpy Giraffe

University has typically been referred to as a privilege. This is true, especially in the age where a girl can get shot for wanting to receive an education. The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) of UCLA surveyed thousands of “college freshmen” (for those who are not American, “college” refers to both university and college students) on their perception of their own abilities.

Many described themselves as exceptional.

A 2006 study from CIRP showed that modern college students are more ambitious, leading to an “ambition inflation”. This is a more eloquent way of saying “the bigger something is, the harder they’ll fall”. A quick example can be drawn from some American Idol contestants and the shock registered when a judge says that the contestant isn’t their cup of tea.

To be fair, going to post-secondary education (PSE) does require ambition. When I applied to university, I was ambitious to embark on…

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  1. Good question. I believe every individual is different and especially with kids, there’s no right or wrong formula. Do you really focus on the behavior and not on the person? Is there really a clear distinction between your behavior and who you are? I beg to disagree. – Emma.

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