Monthly Archives: October 2012

Praise-dependent or powerful?

In recent professional learning forums with Australian teachers and parents, I see many looking quite sheepish when I raise the matter of how praise-dependent their kids are. Teachers often blame the home and feel hamstrung to change anything, but they may not be helping their students by piling on the compliments. New research is asking hard questions about the downside for our kids of too many accolades and too little self-management. It seems the self-esteem industry has been too successful by half. So how do we prepare young people for high-flying futures? Read my recent paper on praise-dependency here.  Read More…

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