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  •  Cult of Self Esteem? (2+ / 0-)
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    FrugalWorld, sillycarrot

    Is that for real or is that a RW strawman?

    This child of the '60s and '70s was made to feel like damaged goods because he wasn't good at the almighty Sports and Spelling. Even the creative and atr talents that I had were mostly treated like not being "real talents that we encourage here."

    Because of that I didn't need any hormone treatment to act like an angry male in their 20s.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 05:33:14 AM PST

    •  There is a grain of truth to it, I'm afraid. (2+ / 0-)
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      Stude Dude, leevank

      It refers to a basket of policies though not all of them were put into effect in the same places.

      There should never be a reason for an educator to tear down a child's self esteem but you do not build healthy self esteem by shielding the student from every potential failure. Use the failure as a tool to teach the child to overcome it.

      Having said that, though, it is clear that the RW has turned some well-intentioned but misguided liberal policies into a sack of lies which they are using to bludgeon the public education system.

      Please do not be alarmed. We are about to engage... the nozzle.

      by Terrapin on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:30:57 AM PST

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      •  Question? (0+ / 0-)

        What would you consider to be misguided liberial policies?

        Which is kind of weirdly funny, because most of my teachers were from my parents' and grandparents' generation, which were the ones with a MacCarthy-ish streak going through them.

        "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

        by Stude Dude on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:42:16 AM PST

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        •  There have been several scattered about ... (2+ / 0-)
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          leevank, Stude Dude

          ... but one of them was the social advancement policy where students who did not pass the grade were advanced to the next grade so as to avoid the stigma of being held back. The experiments with no testing or grades. That one has been a favorite of Doonesbury for over a decade now.

          Again, I am not trying to argue that the RW nonsense is accurate. I am proud of this nation's public schools and myself and my family attend them. I am just saying that the is a small grain of truth to the desert of RW lies. I have no idea what your experience was but it sounds like you had a terrible time and I am not advocating for anything like that - or anything at all. This is all just my $0.02.

          Please do not be alarmed. We are about to engage... the nozzle.

          by Terrapin on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 08:08:31 AM PST

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          •  No grades is probably a good idea.... (0+ / 0-)

            ....in the lower grades, but as you get older, it does become more useful. Also, excessive homework is also not terribly useful for younger kids.

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