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Low Self-esteem is the Cause

June 11, 2017

A few years ago, I remember speaking to a fellow who lived in Toronto.  He came here on weekdays, but flew back home on weekends.  He told us about the school where his children went.  At that school, the kids were not permitted to play sports at recess because they might damage their self-esteem.  Instead, they sat around all recess playing computer games on their mobile phones.  He was disgusted with the school.  I was astounded that any educational institution would do that.  It seemed ludicrous to me.

Now I know why, thanks to a recent article on the self-esteem scam.  It was the result of a massive publicity campaign that led people to believe that all of the ills of society were due to low self-esteem.  The idea that students would do skipping with imaginary skipping ropes was just as ridiculous as the story I heard from the fellow from Toronto.  Even worse was the attempt to provide scientific evidence for the claimed benefits of increased self-esteem.  This is anothr example of somebody looking for scientific proof for something they already believed.  When the scientific study showed that there were no benefits, the result was another publicity campaign designed to suppress the report.  No wonder people continued to believe in self-esteem, regardless of the scientific results.  No wonder schools continued to build self-esteem.  It was all a con job.

 

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