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  • Low self-esteem is good for you! We’ve been too successful at making people feel good

    05/26/2014 2:00:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | May 24, 2014 | Anneli Rufus
    Adapted from "Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself" by Anneli Rufus “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell Is low self-esteem all that bad? Self-loathing is. But between self-loathing and narcissism is a vast spectrum comprising infinitely various degrees of self-regard. Neither extreme is good. If only we could just reach medium. In 1986, California state assembly member John Vasconcellos proposed the State Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem. This ignited a new movement: Based on the notion that low self-esteem...
  • Self-Esteem Begat the Selfie Generation

    01/03/2014 8:52:41 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-3-2014 | MOTUS
    Breaking news: overpraising kids with low self-esteem might backfire. “While kids with high self-esteem seem to thrive with inflated praise, those with low self-esteem actually shrink from new challenges when adults go overboard on praising them.” So overpraising kids might be a bad thing? That’s something that every parent on the planet once knew instinctively before the sociologists, psychologists and other “ologists” grabbed the reins of childrearing. Does that mean everybody shouldn’t get an award? Nor is it surprising that the negative results of “overpraising,” aka false praise, effects kids with low self-esteem differently than their high-esteem peers. The kids...
  • Why Miley Cyrus Matters

    09/06/2013 5:14:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Some defenders of Miley Cyrus' VMA performance don't understand what all the outrage is about. Justin Timberlake tweeted, "She's young. Take it easy on her." Lena Dunham worried about "slut shaming." Russell Simmons wrote "Just saw @MileyCyrus. What did I miss. She was having fun. #twerkmileytwerk." And Adam Lambert tweeted " ... Listen if it wasn't ur cup of tea -- all good but why is everyone spazzing? Hey -- she's doin something right. We all talkin." Cyrus seemed to endorse Lambert's any-attention-is-good-attention rationale. She boasted on Twitter that "Smilers! My VMA performance had 306.000 tweets per minute. That's more...
  • The Church Shouldn’t Promote Self-Esteem

    08/20/2013 7:49:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/20/2013 | Walter Hudson
    The First Baptist Church in Beckley, West Virgina, organized a conference to help young girls build self-esteem in defiance of a beauty culture which fixates upon superficial features. The Register-Herald reports: Contemporary Christian musical artist Karen Spurlock will be leading worship at the event.“Having three girls of my own, I am very aware of how early little girls begin to evaluate themselves and others in superficial ways,” said Carrico. “It occurred to me that so many women suffer daily by comparing themselves to others, and it all starts between the ages of five and 10.”Part of the reason girls are...
  • Is Obama a Victim of Self-Esteem Education? [re: THE AMATEUR by Ed Klein]

    07/02/2013 8:55:29 AM PDT · by Moseley · 14 replies
    The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | July 2, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    I never understood Barack Obama -- or even some of my friends -- until I read The Amateur by Edward Klein. 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...
  • Is Obama a Victim of Self-Esteem Education?

    07/02/2013 5:10:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/02/2013 | By Jonathon Moseley
    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...
  • A Battered Dream, Then a Violent Path (Did Tamerlan go nuts because he was barred from boxing?)

    04/28/2013 6:45:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/27/2013 | DEBORAH SONTAG, DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and SERGE F. KOVALESKI
    BOSTON — It was a blow the immigrant boxer could not withstand: after capturing his second consecutive title as the Golden Gloves heavyweight champion of New England in 2010, Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev, 23, was barred from the national Tournament of Champions because he was not a United States citizen. The cocksure fighter, a flamboyant dresser partial to white fur and snakeskin, had been looking forward to redeeming the loss he suffered the previous year in the first round, when the judges awarded his opponent the decision, drawing boos from spectators who considered Mr. Tsarnaev dominant. From one year to the...
  • Was Woman Wrong To Ask Men to Pay For Implants?

    10/30/2012 10:34:02 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 24 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 30, 2012 | JP
    I got a shout out a few days ago from Nicole Ostil, nee Gomes, who responded to a piece I wrote not so long ago in which I criticized the 24-year-old wife and mother for going on the Internet and asking strange men to help her pay for breast implants. “Thank you for your personal insights,” she wrote, adding, she is “actually quite flattered at all the controversy” stirred up by new media writers like yours truly. For some reason, Nicole felt it necessary to stress to me that the web site on which she solicited her cosmetic surgery, MyFreeImplants.com,...
  • Islamic Countries Seek Ban on Insults at The United Nations

    09/24/2012 7:42:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, September 24, 2012 | Guy Taylor
    Muslim-led nations seek ban on insult As the U.N. General Assembly convenes this week in New York, several leaders of mostly Muslim nations are suggesting that the world body consider sanctions on blasphemy, amid widespread protests against an amateur movie that denigrates Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will focus at least part of his remarks on the film when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. “I am the prime minister of a nation, of which most are Muslims, that has declared anti-Semitism a crime against humanity. But the West hasn’t recognized...
  • Public Schools Aren't About Academics Anymore

    05/21/2012 5:27:03 AM PDT · by Guido2012 · 47 replies
    www.setourchildrenfree.com ^ | 5/17/12 | Tony Caruso
    If you want to know what really goes on in our public schools, go to a teacher-of-the-year banquet. Here you will see why schools aren't about academics anymore. Educators will never admit it openly, but an event like this reveals so much that outsiders never get to see.
  • 5 Reasons Liberals Are Such Unpleasant People To Be Around

    04/03/2012 1:15:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Don't get me wrong. Not every conservative has a winning personality and not every liberal is a toothache in search of a mouth to inhabit. In fact, one of the single nicest people I know is a liberal (Hi, Julie Joyce!) Yet and still, it's not a reach to say that most liberals, especially the ones that are politically active, are just generally difficult to get along with. It's not just me saying that either. I've interviewed more than one big name conservative who has told me that they moved over to the right in large part because the...
  • No Chance of Default, US Can Print Money: Greenspan

    08/07/2011 8:28:39 PM PDT · by edpc · 46 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7 Aug 2011
    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Sunday ruled out the chance of a US default following S&P's decision to downgrade America's credit rating. The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So there is zero probability of default" said Greenspan on NBC's Meet the Press. "What I think the S&P thing did was to hit a nerve that there's something basically bad going on, and it's hit the self-esteem of the United States, the psyche" said Greenspan.
  • WHAT, ME WORRY? YOUNG ADULTS GET SELF-ESTEEM BOOST FROM DEBT (Ohio State study)

    06/07/2011 9:09:17 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    Reasearch News OSU ^ | June, 2011 | Rachel Dwyer
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Instead of feeling stressed by the money they owe, many young adults actually feel empowered by their credit card and education debts, according to a new nationwide study. Researchers found that the more credit card and college loan debt held by young adults aged 18 to 27, the higher their self-esteem and the more they felt like they were in control of their lives. The effect was strongest among those in the lowest economic class. Only the oldest of those studied – those aged 28 to 34 – began showing signs of stress about the money they...
  • Why losers have delusions of grandeur--- The less you know, the more you think you do

    02/19/2011 7:10:05 PM PST · by dennisw · 36 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 23, 2010 | By DANIEL SIMONS and CHRISTOPHER CHABRIS
    Charles Darwin observed “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” That was certainly true in 1995 when a man named McArthur Wheeler boldly robbed two banks in Pittsburgh without using a disguise. Security camera footage of him was broadcast on the evening news the same day as the robberies, and he was arrested an hour later. Mr. Wheeler was surprised when the police explained how they had used the surveillance tapes to catch him. “But I wore the juice,” he mumbled incredulously. He seemed to believe that rubbing his face with lemon juice would blur his image and make...
  • Self-Esteem & Character (Want to raise good persons? Stop nurturing a child’s self-esteem)

    11/30/2010 7:23:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Nationa Review ^ | 11/30/2010 | Dennis Prager
    By now, most people (with the exception of many psychotherapists) recognize that the self-esteem movement officially launched by California in 1986 has been at best silly, and at worst injurious to society, despite whatever small benefit it may have had to some individuals. The movement was begun by California assemblyman John Vasconcellos. As the New York Times reported, “Mr. Vasconcellos, a 53-year-old Democrat, is described by an aide as ‘the most radical humanist in the Legislature.’” In an interview at the time, Mr. Vasconcellos told me he had personally benefited from therapy. It enabled him to improve the poor self-esteem...
  • Meghan McCain slams Bristol Palin on 'Daily Show'

    09/10/2010 4:41:17 PM PDT · by pissant · 57 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/10/10 | staff
    The business of politics got a little dirty on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Thursday night. Meghan McCain (yes, daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain) joined Stewart last night to chat about her book, "Dirty Sexy Politics," and the conversation soon veered into Palin territory. The book, Stewart pointed out, "is a view of the campaign trail that’s very personal" - almost like he was reading someone's diary, he said. “I basically wrote a very real book," McCain explained. "It’s very sad and I talk about everything – I talk about sex and politics and everything in between and...
  • The Politics of Disgruntlement

    08/06/2010 2:51:39 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 06, 2010 | Curtis Frantz
    The politics of many liberals are motivated by a lack of self-love and self-esteem. This claim can be inductively proven by an analysis of their behavior. People with a low sense of self can be found in any occupation. However the types of work to which they are drawn include positions of power and control over others (to compensate for their lack of power over how they think and feel about themselves), positions that can draw fame or praise (to fill their longing for esteem), occupations that involve emotions more than reason, and positions that are somewhat removed from reality...
  • The Unhealthy Motivations of Liberals

    07/29/2010 3:06:44 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 3+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 29, 2010 | Curtis Frantz
    In general, low self-esteem and a lack of self-love are the basis for the ideology of liberals. Liberals are those who would use government to reduce the freedoms of some people to provide benefits for others. Liberals argue for fairness and equality for all people, but neither is possible. Other than identical twins all people are genetically different and without exception each has unique life experiences that are interpreted differently. We are necessarily and naturally unequal in a worldly sense. (If "all men are created equal" in a Godly sense nothing more needs to be done to ensure it.) Liberals,...
  • NASA's Plan: Muslims in Space

    07/06/2010 9:33:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies · 1+ views
    inn ^ | 7/6/10 | Daniel Greenfield
    In this spoof, NASA has a new plan for reaching out to Muslims and making them feel good about their historic contributions to science. Barack H. Obama 666 Pennsylvania Ave Washington, DC 20006 Dear Sir, I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your budget cuts, your cancellation of the space shuttle and any replacement launch vehicle for it, forcing us to rely on Russian Soyuz ships and their space program, which can't It will take approximately 3000 suicide bombers within the SRB's to provide adequate liftoff thrust for the shuttle launch. All systems go! even seem to dock with...
  • America's Self-esteem Problem

    06/08/2010 5:13:36 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 15 replies · 70+ views
    Opinion Forum ^ | June 7, 2010 | Dr. Jim Taylor
    Yes, we have a self-esteem problem in our country, but we don’t recognize it because, well, we have a self-esteem problem. We need look no further than the bewildering popularity of the reality-TV show Jersey Shore and the instant celebrity garnered from its inhabitants despite their complete absence of qualifications. Though, admittedly, the bar for “success” in America these days is set scarily low; in the case of Jersey Shore and most of the famous-for-being-famous world), dark tans (haven’t they heard of melanoma?), large breasts, muscles, and ‘tude seem sufficient. It is safe to say that these New Jersey denizens...
  • Men aged 60 have highest self esteem (actually "rich, married men...)

    04/02/2010 10:32:19 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 13 replies · 557+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2010 | Richard Alleyne
    Rich married men who are approaching retirement have the highest self esteem, scientists have discovered. Researchers found that confidence is lowest amongst young adults, but increases with age until it peaks around sixty. However, after this, retirement and failing health cause a decline in self regard, researchers said "We cannot know for certain that more wealth and better health directly lead to higher self-esteem, but it does appear to be linked in some way. "
  • Self-Esteem vs. Self-Respect

    03/29/2010 12:02:49 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 10 replies · 546+ views
    In Character ^ | Theodore Dalrymple
    With the coyness of someone revealing a bizarre sexual taste, my patients would often say to me, "Doctor, I think I'm suffering from low self-esteem." This, they believed, was at the root of their problem, whatever it was, for there is hardly any undesirable behavior or experience that has not been attributed, in the press and on the air, in books and in private conversations, to low self-esteem, from eating too much to mass murder. Self-esteem is, of course, a term in the modern lexicon of psychobabble, and psychobabble is itself the verbal expression of self-absorption without self-examination. The former...
  • They can't read, can't write and think the world owes them a living.

    03/10/2010 12:47:05 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 33 replies · 1,201+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:46 PM on 10th March 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Growing numbers of British school-leavers have 'attitude problems' and believe the world 'owes them a living', a Tesco boss warned today. Youngsters too often turn up late for work and interviews and fail to see the importance of dressing neatly and working with others, said Lucy Neville-Rolfe, director of corporate and legal affairs. Many also struggle with basic maths and English as exams become easier and schools fail to properly enforce discipline. In a hard-hitting speech, Mrs Neville-Rolfe, 56, one of the most powerful and well-paid women in British business, blamed failures in our education system. She said shortcomings among...
  • The Trolls Among Us

    03/09/2010 9:47:48 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 59 replies · 546+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Aug. 3, 2008 | MATTATHIAS SCHWARTZ
    One afternoon in the spring of 2006, for reasons unknown to those who knew him, Mitchell Henderson, a seventh grader from Rochester, Minn., took a .22-caliber rifle down from a shelf in his parents’ bedroom closet and shot himself in the head. The next morning, Mitchell’s school assembled in the gym to begin mourning. His classmates created a virtual memorial on MySpace and garlanded it with remembrances. One wrote that Mitchell was “an hero to take that shot, to leave us all behind. God do we wish we could take it back. . . . ” Someone e-mailed a clipping...
  • The Me Diploma

    07/28/2009 1:04:32 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 413+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 28, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Me Diploma by: Malcolm A. Kline, July 28, 2009 When international test scores came out showing that American students scored lower on standardized math tests than Koreans but felt better about themselves, statisticians scratched their heads. It turns out that the Yanks may actually have been living up to what they were trained for. “In a recent study, 39% of American eighth-graders were confident of their math skills, compared to only 6% of Korean eighth-graders,” Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell report in The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement. “The Koreans, however, far exceeded...
  • Family Wants Tougher Laws After Daughter Commits Suicide

    03/23/2009 12:19:57 PM PDT · by ignorancerunsrampant · 76 replies · 2,117+ views
    The Logan's daughter hung herself after she sent a naked photo of herself to her boyfriend. He passed it on to several students in several schools. "My only baby that I will never be able to touch again," Cynthia Logan said through tears. "I will never have grandchildren. I will never be able to hand down my heirlooms. I'm just devastated by these parents that allow their children to do and say anything they want.""Schools need to understand our kids are targeting each other and how technology is being used as a weapon," Aftab said. "None of them (the schools)...
  • 'Praising obsession' creates generation of egotistical pupils

    03/15/2009 12:35:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies · 535+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 15, 2009 | Urmee Khan
    School staff and parents feel they cannot criticise their children for fear of upsetting them, according to Dr Carol Craig, leaving them with an “all about me” mentality. Mothers and fathers now often tell teachers that it is “bad for his self-esteem” if their son fails a spelling test, or that their daughter is left “unhappy” by missing out on a part in the school pantomime, she claimed. Dr Craig called the self-esteem agenda, which has been imported from the United States, a “fashionable idea” that has gone too far and urged schools to reclaim their role as educators, not...
  • Shame on us: Shaming some kids makes them more aggressive

    12/22/2008 5:17:22 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 11 replies · 522+ views
    Science Codex ^ | December 19, 2008
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Aren't you ashamed of yourself? All these years, you've been trying to build up your child's self-esteem, and now a growing body of research suggests you may be making a big mistake. A study published in the December issue of Child Development finds that early adolescents with high self-esteem are more likely to react aggressively when they feel ashamed than their peers with lower levels of self-esteem.
  • Self-Esteem Movement Has Wrecked This Country

    12/01/2008 10:18:36 AM PST · by foutsc · 25 replies · 829+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 1 Dec 08 | foutsc
    As I sat through another interminable middle school award ceremony that lasted longer than the contest itself, I pondered how the self-esteem movement has wrecked this country. I had plenty of time since well-meaning adults were handing out participation medals to every eager participant. This current financial calamity is the logical result of the self-esteem movement. Don't get me wrong, I think self-esteem is wonderful when sprung from a healthy self-image and buoyed by real accomplishments. But like diversity, it is worthless when pursued for its own sake. Presidents Clinton and Bush were full of self-esteem as terrorists plotted the...
  • No We Can't! - A Defense of Conservative Pessimism

    09/21/2008 11:25:24 AM PDT · by foutsc · 9 replies · 381+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 21 Sep 08 | foutsc
    John Derbyshire of National Review Online has written a curmudgeonly piece railing against irrational optimism. It's an entertaining read that is even more apt in light of recent developments. I'm sure the jackasses who wrecked our financial system were full of exuberant optimism and overinflated self-esteem. This hits home with me because, like the author, I do not believe in the perfectibility of man. We are flawed vessels. This brought to my mind William Butler Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming." Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and...
  • Self-Inflicted Self Esteem

    09/11/2008 11:02:06 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 9 replies · 142+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 11, 2008 | Irene Warren
    Self-Inflicted Self Esteem by: Irene Warren, September 11, 2008 Psychologist Polly Young-Eisendrath, author of The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance argues that we, as a culture, are undergoing a cultural change which she identified as a self-esteem trap: a time when parents continue to interfere with their children’s developmental growth by constantly protecting them, telling them they are unique or special, thereby setting them up for a lifetime of grief and disappointments. To counteract what she believes is a growing phenomenon, Young-Eisendrath suggests raising children with the perspective that they are merely ordinary,...
  • Dr. Maier: Spanking (with love) not abusive

    08/22/2008 6:28:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies · 1,231+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 22, 2008 | Pete Chagnon
    A noted child and family psychologist says spanking a child can be an effective form of discipline, despite a recent study that states otherwise. A new report titled "A Violent Education: Corporal Punishment of Children in U.S. Public Schools" shows that more than 200,000 children received corporal punishment in U.S. schools. Texas accounted for the majority of the cases, although 21 U.S. states allow the use of corporal punishment. The study was conducted by Humans Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union. According to a Reuters article on the study, "liberal groups regard corporal punishment as a barbaric relic...
  • High self-esteem is not always what it’s cracked up to be, says UGA psychologist

    04/28/2008 6:02:31 AM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 55+ views
    University of Georgia ^ | April 28, 2008 | Unknown
    Athens, Ga. – Oscar Levant, a mid-century pianist, film star and wit, once watched noted keyboardist and composer George Gershwin spend an evening playing his own music at a party and clearly having a great time. “Tell me, George,” Levant said, somewhat jealously, “if you have it to do all over again would you still fall in love with yourself"” Increasingly, psychologists are looking at such behavior and saying out loud what may go against the grain of how many people act: high self-esteem is not the same thing as healthy self-esteem. And new research by a psychology professor from...
  • Oprah Won't Tell You Why They Kill...The Left Would Get Angry With Her

    02/15/2008 7:34:16 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 6 replies · 81+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Feb. 15, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Commentary by Daniel T. Zanoza, Executive Director So, it happens again, this time at Northern Illinois University. Five students are killed by a mad man, numerous others are wounded and then the killer takes his own life. For the next few weeks, we will be hearing loads of speculation as to why. Some will blame the DeKalb, Illinois killings on guns. Some will say the lack of guns at the University prevented school security from defending the innocent. And then some will go into the deeper, psychological explanations for why these young people kill. But many will miss the mark....
  • In Praise of 'Thought Competition' (Education)

    11/28/2007 6:09:47 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 57 replies · 868+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 28 November 2007 | REBECCA SEGALL-WALLACE
    For decades now, psychology and pedagogy researchers have been debating the impact of competition on young people's self-esteem, with those wary of thought competition taking the lead. "We don't want kids to compete individually, put themselves in vulnerable positions as individuals," explains a leading administrator. "They can compete within teams," explains another. "So the focus is on community building rather than on personal value." But what about Sam's sense of personal value? Aren't human beings fabulously varied in their gifts and sensibilities? Excellent teamwork can be important, but is it the only admirable achievement? Should any school in the United...
  • Orlando School Uses Extra-Sensitive Dog As Counselor For Students

    11/12/2007 12:53:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies · 350+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 9, 2007 | Susan Jacobson
    Freedom Middle School Orlando school uses extra-sensitive dog as counselor for students Mr. Harv instinctively picks up on body language, facial expressions and tone of voice. Susan Jacobson Sentinel Staff Writer November 9, 2007 When Mr. Harv goes to school, he spends his time playing ball, sitting on students' laps and lying down on the job. It's all in a day's work for Harv, Freedom Middle School's unofficial mascot and Central Florida's only known full-time canine counselor. At Freedom, every day is a dog day. Students greet Harv with hearty "hellos" and a vigorous belly rub. If there's a crisis...
  • It's Best To Ignore Strangers Who Shout Their Prejudices (Miss Manners Responds to Liberal Whiner)

    11/09/2007 7:10:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies · 96+ views
    Chicago-Tribune.com ^ | November 8, 2007 | Judith Martin | Miss Manners
    MISS MANNERS It's best to ignore strangers who shout their prejudices Judith Martin Miss Manners November 8, 2007 Dear Miss Manners: This evening I found myself waiting in line with two young men who proceeded loudly to proclaim at least five different countries they would like to bomb, and advocated reintroducing the draft so that everyone else would have to share their "sacrifice." They then loudly branded several political figures they disapproved of with a crude word. I bit my tongue and waited quietly. Then the people in front of me joined in and, incredibly, they all complained about how...
  • Quebec Legislature Bans Word 'Weathervane' (New PC Speech Code In Canada)

    10/18/2007 3:00:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies · 97+ views
    TheStar.com ^ | Oct 16, 2007 | THE CANADIAN PRESS
    Quebec legislature bans word 'weathervane' Speaker says its hurtful and a slur after Charest called Dumont a weathervane one too many times October 16, 2007 THE CANADIAN PRESS QUEBEC – Politicians in Quebec's legislature will have to come up with a new way to slag their opponents now that the word "weathervane" has been added to the list of unparliamentary language. Speaker Michel Bissonnet judged the word to be "hurtful" as the legislature resumed Tuesday after the summer break. Premier Jean Charest has called Opposition Leader Mario Dumont a weathervane on numerous occasions recently, elevating him on Tuesday to "national...
  • Does Praise Set Kids Up To Fail?

    08/15/2007 10:00:35 AM PDT · by Abathar · 23 replies · 719+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | 08/15/07 | Michele Biaso
    When little Suzie paints her first piece of art in pre-school, it may look to you like your little girl could give Picasso a run for his money. When little Billy scores the winning soccer goal, you may have images of him being the next David Beckham. It's common to think your child is a genius, the star of the team or destined to be the next president of the United States. But some experts say that letting youngsters know those feelings may be setting him up to fail -- and to not be able to handle that failure. "I...
  • The Self Esteem Myth

    08/13/2007 5:02:18 AM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 99 replies · 2,850+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 9, 2007 | Ashley Herzog
    Once upon a time – a time you probably don’t remember if you’re younger than 30 – American schools sought to teach children self-control, personal responsibility, and respect for others, especially adults. Students were corrected when they made mistakes and reprimanded when they slacked off or talked back. Most unfathomable to the current education establishment, teachers assessed students on qualities such as “gets along well with others” – and some children actually flunked. In the eyes of schoolteachers and parents, shaping kids into productive and responsible citizens was more important than protecting their egos. Then, sometime in the 1970s, schools...
  • Breast implants linked with suicide in study

    08/08/2007 8:13:39 PM PDT · by RDTF · 59 replies · 1,530+ views
    Reuters via Drudge Report ^ | August 8, 2007 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Women who get cosmetic breast implants are nearly three times as likely to commit suicide as other women, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. The study, published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery, reinforces several others that have shown women who have breast enlargements have higher suicide risks. Loren Lipworth of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee and colleagues followed up on 3,527 Swedish women who had cosmetic breast implant surgery between 1965 and 1993. They looked at death certificates to analyze causes of death among women with breast implants. Only 24 of the women had committed...
  • UC Names Cal Diversity Czar (i.e., PC Thought Police Czar)

    07/20/2007 7:12:45 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies · 498+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | Friday, July 20, 2007 | Tanya Schevitz
    UC names Cal diversity czar Tanya Schevitz Friday, July 20, 2007 07-20) 04:00 PDT Santa Barbara -- UC Berkeley has hired astrophysics professor Gibor Basri as the campus' new vice chancellor for equity and inclusion. On Thursday, UC's Board of Regents approved the appointment of Basri, 56, to increase diversity among faculty, staff and students. The position, created by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, carries a $200,000 salary and is one of the first executive positions of its type in the nation. With a $4.5 million budget, Basri is charged with developing a more diverse faculty and staff and a...
  • DON'T RAISE YOUR HAND...NOT IN A GOVERNMENT SCHOOL!

    06/01/2007 5:29:48 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 10 replies · 1,101+ views
    Nealznuze ^ | 6-1-07 | Neal Boortz
    Parents of government-educated school children...listen up! You already have heard many of the horror stories coming out of our government indoctrination centers. For instance, when little Cranston goes back to school in August he will have to turn in his crayon boxes and precious supplies for the good of the class. They aren't his supplies anymore, they are now government property. This first lesson in the power of government is being learned in more and more government schools every year. Now we have something else your child needs to know on that first day ... please sit down. I don't...
  • 5-year term for investigator in forgery case - "I believe that the death penalty is illegal."

    05/01/2007 11:22:18 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies · 1,529+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, May 1, 2007 | Mark Martin
    5-year term for investigator in forgery case - "I believe that the death penalty is illegal...It is barbaric and an atrocity...Any acts I committed are out of a firm belief against the state killing these people." Mark Martin, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau Tuesday, May 1, 2007 (05-01) 04:00 PDT Sacramento -- A former criminal defense investigator accused of forging statements from jurors, witnesses and others in death penalty cases pleaded guilty to four charges Monday and accepted a five-year prison sentence. Kathleen Culhane, 40, said outside a Sacramento courtroom that she filed incorrect documents on behalf of five condemned inmates because...
  • Have We Raised A Generation Of Narcissists?

    05/21/2007 7:35:35 PM PDT · by JTN · 54 replies · 1,604+ views
    reason ^ | May 21, 2007 | Steve Chapman
    Growing older has many drawbacks and one unalloyed pleasure: passing judgment on the younger generation. Lately, people have been scrutinizing the members of Generation Y and finding them deficient. What's wrong with the kids? A recent article in The Wall Street Journal reported that because they have been told since infancy that they were special, they believe it and expect to keep hearing it. "Bosses, professors and mates are feeling the need to lavish praise on young adults, particularly twentysomethings, or else see them wither under an unfamiliar compliment deficit," it said. To critics, this generation is an army of...
  • U.S. formula: Cocky and dumb

    04/02/2007 7:49:41 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 14 replies · 715+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 02 April 2007 | Ralph R. Reiland
    ....Rather than seeing self-esteem as something that flows from good performance, they made self-esteem the first priority, assuming that good performance would flow from an inflated level of self-satisfaction. It's like those no-score ball games. The goal is good feelings. Everyone plays, no one loses, every kid gets a trophy. It's like the teachers' contracts --- no scorecard, no linking of pay hikes to performance, everyone's a winner. It's a mind-set that sees score-keeping as too judgmental, too oppressive, too capitalist, too likely to deliver inequality and injured self-images, whether it's with pay or on the ball field....
  • Is bigger better? Breast surgery linked to boost in self-esteem and sexuality

    03/21/2007 5:48:46 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 37 replies · 1,198+ views
    U of Florida ^ | 3-21-07 | Tracy Brown
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. ? Women who undergo breast enlargement often see a sizable boost in self-esteem and positive feelings about their sexuality, a University of Florida nurse researcher reports. Although plastic surgery should not be seen as a panacea for feelings of low self-worth or sexual attractiveness, it is important for health-care practitioners to understand the psychological benefits of these procedures, says Cynthia Figueroa-Haas, a clinical assistant professor at UF?s College of Nursing who conducted the study. The findings ? which revealed that for many women, going bigger is better ? appear in the current issue of Plastic Surgical Nursing. ?Many...
  • Court: Rights not violated by name-calling

    03/05/2007 7:38:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 591+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/5/7 | JAMIE SATTERFIELD
    Judges: No proof 'murderous coward' label affected verdict in murder trial - If the label fits, wear it. That is the conclusion of judges on the state Court of Criminal Appeals about Knox County killer Christopher Shane Harrell's argument that his rights were violated when a prosecutor called him a "murderous coward." "We conclude that the state's reference to the defendant as a 'murderous coward' did not affect the verdict and prejudice the defendant," the court opined. "The state presented a strong case against the defendant, and much of the evidence was undisputed." Harrell is locked away for life for...
  • Youth Narcissism: Blaming the 1980s? Try the 1960s

    03/01/2007 5:03:04 AM PST · by zimfam007 · 19 replies · 1,556+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 3/1/07 | Steven M. Warshawsky
    The study, conducted by five psychologists, examined the responses given by 16,475 college students, between 1982 and 2006, on a written personality test called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory.....But the real source of today's narcissistic personalities, it seems to me, is the "liberation" movement of the 1960s (actually the late 1950s to early 1970s)....
  • SELF-ESTEEM MOVEMENT HAS POISONED A GENERATION

    03/01/2007 7:00:19 AM PST · by shortstop · 101 replies · 3,008+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 02/28/07 | Bob Lonsberry
    The chickens have come home to roost. The first generation of students swaddled in the insanity of the self-esteem movement have emerged on the scene as arrogant, self-absorbed twits with an exaggerated sense of entitlement and self-importance. In short, they’ve been spoiled. Potentially, they’ve been ruined. The idiocy of social engineering in the classroom is again bearing catastrophic results. Here’s how we know. A group of five university professors has evaluated more than 16,000 personality profiles of college students gathered over the last 24 years. What they’ve discovered is that today’s young people have dramatically different self-concepts than the two...