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Character Development Arising

I got a report at a conference yesterday that more public schools are adopting character development into their curricula. As you know I have been a supporter of this move for a few years. When I started there were at most only 4 other initiatives. Not only do teachers realize this is better for classroom management but also administrators may be finally realizing that studies show that charcter development results in better academic statistics.  Thank goodness for those who have taken some leadership  recently! Today there is a rating for public schools based on how much character development they offer. YAY!
I am continuing to suggest to CDCs that they have me in for teacher training on lesson plans for character development. I am now representing a publishing house for elementary level books in this category.  Please contact me for 1) speaking engagements anywhere 2) consulting for center/school culture in Texas or 3)  for vending character books in Austin, Houston, Dallas or Lubbock.  Please let me know if I can be of help in anyway.  Info@orgstrat.net 512-249-7629.

The Self-Esteem Movement in Teaching: Results?

There has been a movement for at least 20 years to boost self-esteem in children. Why did this ever get going?

Baumeister et. al. trace the literature to California Assemblyman John Vascocellos arguing that raising self-esteem in youth would reduce crime, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, school underachievement and pollution (p.1) but even after nine years of meeting, his committee had no evidence. To date, the research is spotty and contradictory.

While studies are mixed or contradictory, the original theory that increasing self esteem in youth will reduce crime, teen pregnancy and increase school performance has not found any support. Instead, Baumeister’s review suggests that “perpetrators of aggression general hold favorable and perhaps inflated view so themselves”, that those with high self-esteem are more likely to break off relationships and those with a heightened self-worth are more likely to demand preferential treatment or to exploit their fellows.” (Ibid passim.) Baumiester et. al. Conclude “We have found little to indicate that indiscriminately promoting self-esteem in today’s children or adults just for being themselves, offers society any compensatory benefits beyond the seductive pleasure it bring to those engage in the exercise” (Ibid.)

What has been your experience with the self-esteem movement?  Have you seen good results in your classroom?