The downside of protecting self esteem

So I saw this article doing the rounds on LinkedIn today from Creel Price:

Killing Our Kids With Kindness | LinkedIn.

Bill Gates has also spoken of the effect that trying to protect a child’s self esteem has on their ability to adapt to the real world.

While the “everybody gets a ribbon” approach to educating children may arm them with a higher sense of self esteem, it takes away one of the fundamental principles of humanity:

Our need to compete, helps us advance.

Besides, as Bill points out, while parents and educators are falling over themselves to give kids high self esteem, the real world will expect them to accomplish something before they feel good about themselves.

Of course we should provide the younger generations with the tools they need to lead a successful life, but should we be continuing to reward mediocrity and underachievement?

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