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How Do You Develop Self-Esteem? You Earn It!

In this day and age there appears to be a vast amount of concern placed on whether children are developing a positive self-esteem. You see it invading every aspect of our culture. In youth sports, children are given trophies at the end of the season no matter what the final record.  In schools, there is pressure to make sure every student is “recognized” and that no one is left out. This is all done in the name of developing self-esteem. Is that what we are really accomplishing? Are we developing true self-esteem? Self-esteem is developed through earning it, not just by falsely giving it.

In a Wall Street Journal article, by Sharon Begley, this very topic was discussed. The article mentioned a study that pointed out that simply trying to make the participants feel good about themselves did not work. The researchers had asked a professor to send weekly email messages to students of his who had done poorly on their first exam for the class. Each missive included a review question. In addition, one-third of the students, chosen at random, also received a message—advice to study—for example, suggesting that how well they did in the course was under their own control.

The other third received the review question plus a “You're too smart to get a D!” pep talk aimed at raising their self-esteem, which everyone knows boosts academic performance.  Oops. Compared with the other email recipients, the D and F students who got the self-esteem injection performed notably worse on later tests.

In “Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong” by William Kilpatrick, the topic of self-esteem is addressed as well. He states, “Real self-esteem is a by-product of real learning and achievement.  We feel good about ourselves because we’ve done something good or worthy. Most self-esteem based curriculums, however, don’t make any connection between self-esteem and achievement or between self-esteem and behavior. People are just simply good as they are.” Kilpatrick goes on to write, “It is important to have self-esteem, but for the right reasons.

The concept that is currently fashionable in education circles, however, is extraordinarily naïve. When combined with equally simplistic notions about choices, it can easily lead a youngster to the conclusion that his choices can never be wrong. In the words of Dr. William Coulson, Research Council on Ethnopsychology, “If I’m really quite wonderful….then whatever I decide to do must be wonderful, too.” Within the limited framework of affective education, it would be a reasonable conclusion to make. 

In the end everything is subjective. There are no standards outside the self to which to repair, no ‘right or wrong’ answers. One’s feelings must be ones guide.”  Wow. How scary is that! But that is what is happening more and more in our society. Research is now pointing out that it is rather ridiculous to assume that people’s opinion of themselves directly correlates to achievement. What does make a difference however, is developing high self-esteem as a result of performance. Bill Gates is quoted as saying, “The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.” So how do you develop self-esteem?

You earn it!

Mr. D. Beharry



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