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Is Obama a Victim of Self-Esteem Education?
American Thinker ^ | 07/02/2013 | By Jonathon Moseley

Posted on 07/02/2013 5:10:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

I never understood Barack Obama -- or even some of my friends -- until I read The Amateur by Edward Klein (Regnery Publishing 2012 -- paperback June 13, 2013).

But first you also need to remember the plague of "self-esteem" based education. And finally it all makes sense. The self-esteem movement hurt our public schools and degraded the curriculum. The self-esteem time bomb is now coming full circle, as the victims of our schools, colleges, and universities have moved into leadership of our country.

Barack Obama is the ultimate "A for effort [D for performance] President." Obama's ineptness is exceeded only by his giant ego. Obama received a "to be determined" Nobel Peace Prize in the naked hope that he might do something later to promote peace. This is self-esteem taken to a ridiculous extreme -- but in real life. But wait: Isn't that exactly what the liberal educational approach teaches in our schools and even in our universities and law schools?

It doesn't matter if you get the wrong answer as long as you believe in yourself. It doesn't matter if you can actually achieve anything, as long as you try. Liberal educational techniques teach students that everyone is a winner, everyone's opinion is equally valid, and there should be no competition or grading on the basis of merit.

Sure, we all have limitations. There is nothing wrong with that. Henry Ford claimed that he wasn't all that smart, but he succeeded by hiring people smarter than he. But the difference is he could admit his own strengths and weaknesses and take action to compensate.

The most important sentence in The Amateur is: "He doesn't know what he doesn't know." I interviewed the author on the Conservative Commandos radio show, when the book came out in paperback.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: education; obama; selfesteem

1 posted on 07/02/2013 5:10:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s the recipient of a Marxist upbringing.


2 posted on 07/02/2013 5:12:10 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Good article. Obama is a Malignant Narcissist. We are inundated with these since the self-esteem movement took hold. I once read that criminals have very high self-esteem. Not surprising.
3 posted on 07/02/2013 5:16:51 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: SeekAndFind
American education has reduced itself to the level of the TV ‘sit com’ in content, breadth, depth and absence of gravitas. Young people are discourged in possessing or using the attention span any longer or more mature that that of a cocker spaniel.

You can have NO expectation of excellence in the generations of Americans to come out of this system... except possibly by some fluke whereby a student actually challenges, doubts, researches and learns IN SPITE of the lack of guidance and professionalism in teaching.

4 posted on 07/02/2013 5:19:01 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: TADSLOS

Apparently too stoned or coked up to catch anything in his science classes. Here choomie. Here choomie. Remember when the mere intimation that GWB may have done some drugs or that he had a dui nearly derailed his campaign? Now we have an admitted user in place for the 2nd time. WTH is wrong with us? (strictly rhetorical!) I guess nobody wants to tell him that algore is wrong and that it’s foolish to believe what he says. Since prof. hussein is buying it no one wants to tell him he’s wrong because it might hurt his self esteem and make him feel bad about himself.


5 posted on 07/02/2013 5:20:53 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There was no self esteem movement in education when Barrack Obama was in grade school and the Puna school. But I am sure he was endlessly praised and cut slack by teachers who wanted to see this exotic boy do good so kind of amounts to the same thing. And given all kinds of affirmative action boosts, formally done and informally done


6 posted on 07/02/2013 5:24:30 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: SeekAndFind

Self esteem is for losers.


7 posted on 07/02/2013 5:28:19 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes. And he’s victimizing the rest of us as a result.


8 posted on 07/02/2013 5:28:49 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: SMARTY

American education has reduced itself to the level of the TV ‘sit com’ in content, breadth, depth and absence of gravitas.


I try to get in touch with my inner Gilligan on a daily basis.


9 posted on 07/02/2013 5:30:14 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I workwd in academentia for a while and I could smell the stink of affirmative action on this guy from the get-go. They are a clearly-identifiable “type.”


10 posted on 07/02/2013 5:31:01 AM PDT by Peet (Come back with a warrant.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The most important sentence in The Amateur is: "He doesn't know what he doesn't know."

It's worse. Should be; "He doesn't know what or care that he doesn't know."

In Obama's case he revels in his self righteous ignorance gleefully destroying America and Western Civilization in pursuit of Islamic supremacy. His behavior is that of a sadistic child. But he doesn't care. Because he will now always be pampered and coddled, being giving everything he desires.

And that's just what a sadistic child craves.

11 posted on 07/02/2013 5:31:58 AM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: Peet

There’s at least an order of magnitude difference between the smell of affirmative action and the stench of

“groomed by the communist agenda for this very purpose.”


12 posted on 07/02/2013 5:34:11 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Peet
"academentia"

I'll have to remember that one.

13 posted on 07/02/2013 5:37:15 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: SMARTY

I remember in 1990 I was in 5th grade, and they started this “Positive Actions” campaign in our school. Everyone had to write positive things about one another and tape them to each others’ desks. I was from a single-parent home and my mother did not have a lot of money for clothes, so I was generally in KMart clothes or hand-me-downs from the church or the Salvation Army. Kids would write that I dressed well. When a 10 year old knows someone is lying, it really promotes cynicism.

Perhaps that’s how I became the man I am today.


14 posted on 07/02/2013 5:37:27 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: MrB

nobama is a “victim” of nothing. nobama is the Victimizer of us all. nobama should be in prison and waterboarded to find out who he really is.


15 posted on 07/02/2013 5:37:32 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberal Logic

It doesn’t matter if you get the wrong answer as long as you believe in yourself.

Hillary winks


16 posted on 07/02/2013 5:37:52 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: dennisw

Such things harm more than help people. PC and Political Correctness will be the Jokes of the 21st Century starting abour 2020 when they are dumped for good. Remember Dr. Martin Luther King was against Affirmative Action—and when he was talked into it—said it should only last ten years—for African Americans to catch up—now its a crutch and a club to hit “Whitie” over the head.


17 posted on 07/02/2013 5:38:26 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: SeekAndFind

I`m really good at drinking beer.


18 posted on 07/02/2013 5:39:31 AM PDT by Einherjar
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To: SeekAndFind

No, ***WE*** are the victim of his self esteem education and Marzist training.


19 posted on 07/02/2013 5:39:45 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (“To learn who rules over you, simply find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.” ~ Voltaire)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

PC isn’t a joke, it’s a deliberate weapon deployed to advance Marxism.

The very essence of PC is to suppress the telling of the truth.

PC originally was dubbed “Cultural Marxism” by those that first instituted it.


20 posted on 07/02/2013 5:41:06 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

No, he’s the beneficiary. We are the victims.


21 posted on 07/02/2013 5:43:52 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Excellent article, wouldn’t it be nice if it went viral. Ouch!


22 posted on 07/02/2013 5:47:26 AM PDT by liveoak4 (Abortion, the ultimate child abuse!!!)
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To: Peet

The stink of affirmative action meeting the trajectory of the Peter Principle.


23 posted on 07/02/2013 5:48:34 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: hal ogen

I wonder how many nano seconds would pass before he spilled the beans?


24 posted on 07/02/2013 5:49:50 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: SeekAndFind

As I put it even BEFORE he took office for the first time:
Barack Obama and his wife stand at the exact crossroads
where Affirmative Action, Identity Politics, and White Liberal Guilt meet.


25 posted on 07/02/2013 5:53:55 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: SeekAndFind
The purpose of affirmative action is to instill high self-esteem for no apparent reason.
26 posted on 07/02/2013 5:55:25 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have known that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional news?)
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To: Peet

That’s pretty much govt. employment also, where minorities (i.e., non-white) are hired and promoted by skin color. Actual competency is meaningless, real work can be done by hiring contractors. The USA govt. is racist and more and more is the enemy of white people.


27 posted on 07/02/2013 5:55:50 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: rarestia

“Positive Actions”

I never heard of that.

Well,I guess when you take classic literature OUT of the grade school curriculum, you have to do SOMETHING to replace it and to introduce young people to right thinking and right doing.


28 posted on 07/02/2013 5:57:41 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms." H. Amiel)
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s a large generation of Too Much Self Esteem (TMSE) victims. They are in the workplace and you can hear them pontificate daily with no idea that there are things they don’t know all that well.

They are an extremely smart generation, if you don’t believe me just ask them.


29 posted on 07/02/2013 5:59:04 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: SeekAndFind
The most important sentence in The Amateur is: "He doesn't know what he doesn't know."

I heard this very statement made about Gov. Palin in 2008, corrected for proper pronouns, of course. It was made by Joseph Ellis, history professor at Mount Holyoke College, before a panel discussion at the New York Historical Society. It got big laughs from everyone but me.

Talk about projection.

30 posted on 07/02/2013 6:05:55 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: SeekAndFind

Wrong premise, America is the victim...


31 posted on 07/02/2013 6:41:05 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: SeekAndFind

‘A’ for effort? More hoops, golfing, and vacations ($ ones) than any president before him. And with all his meetings with IRS leaders and muzzlems, when does he have the time to work for the country? He doesn’t need time. Other people figure out the plans and he reads them on the prompter. So where’s the effort.


32 posted on 07/02/2013 7:11:52 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: SeekAndFind

come to think of it, Obama’s Nobel Prize does not even rise to the level of a participation award.


33 posted on 07/02/2013 7:44:35 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: SeekAndFind

In my lifetime, American Education has adopted two failures as its model of perfection.

The first was Dr. Spock who cautioned parents not to spank their children because it would hurt their ego. While the basic concept was valid - prohibiting unregulated spanking - the execution was a failure. Spanking, IMHO, should be rare and used only in cases where continued behavior could result in life (the child’s life) threating situations.

The second was Dr. Maslow and his hierarchy of needs. Again, another excellent idea that was inappropriately applied. There was no short cut - you had to build from the bottom up and if you lost one of the basic needs everything above it collapsed until that need is fulfilled again. Proof? How long will a highly motivated person (Maslow’s top of the pyramid) last if they don’t have oxygen (the bottom of the pyramid)?

In both cases the authors and their supporters have admitted that their education theories fail miserably when applied to basic education. Dr. Spock did his in writing about 20 years after he published his theory and recent educational physiology text books at the MA level are saying that Maslow doesn’t work below the collegiate level.

So, what is left? Do I dare suggest that we go back 100 years and readopt the theories that made America the greatest nation every seen? Do I dare suggest we build models on successes and not failures? Why, where would all of our 20-pound cranium professors do if they had to produce success instead of theory? Why, they might go the way of the Union of Soviet Socialist republics and end up on the ash bin of history.


34 posted on 07/02/2013 8:27:56 AM PDT by Nip (BOHEICA and TANSTAAFL - both seem very appropriate today.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think we’re the victims.


35 posted on 07/02/2013 9:51:45 AM PDT by OriginalChristian (The end of America, as founded, began when the first Career Politician was elected...)
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