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Thread #59541   Message #950555
Posted By: Peter T.
11-May-03 - 03:00 PM
Thread Name: Breathtaking Speech - Kennedy on Frost
Subject: RE: Breathtaking Speech - Kennedy on Frost
I teach them in university, and I sympathise with anyone working on them at the early teenage level. They have sorted themselves into much tighter categories by the time they hit me, and the motivated ones are forging ahead. The others remain in trouble. I think the real problem is that they aren't really challenged, except in sports. They get very few chances to overcome creative and intellectual obstacles in a safe environment, as opposed to struggling through life. They are sheltered from making mistakes positively. As a result, contrary to the mythology, their self-esteem is low, because it is not based on any achievements. Also, because they see everything on TV, they think they have experienced everything, so you can't tell them anything they haven't already discounted.

yours, Peter T.