Skip to comments.Is Obama a Victim of Self-Esteem Education?
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 ...
He’s the recipient of a Marxist upbringing.
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.
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.
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
Self esteem is for losers.
Yes. And he’s victimizing the rest of us as a result.
American education has reduced itself to the level of the TV sit com in content, breadth, depth and absence of gravitas.
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.”
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.
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.”
I'll have to remember that one.
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.
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.
It doesn’t matter if you get the wrong answer as long as you believe in yourself.
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.
I`m really good at drinking beer.
No, ***WE*** are the victim of his self esteem education and Marzist training.
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.
No, he’s the beneficiary. We are the victims.
Excellent article, wouldn’t it be nice if it went viral. Ouch!
The stink of affirmative action meeting the trajectory of the Peter Principle.
I wonder how many nano seconds would pass before he spilled the beans?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wrong premise, America is the victim...
‘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.
come to think of it, Obama’s Nobel Prize does not even rise to the level of a participation award.
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.
I think we’re the victims.