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Why Not Fail?: Children, Grades and Self-Esteem

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Why Not Fail?: Children, Grades and Self-Esteem

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Why Not Fail?: Children, Grades and Self-Esteem

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Some British schools want to erase "Failure" off report cards — in favor of "deferred success." The idea is to spare the self-esteem of struggling or indifferent students. But is a good self-image the product of praise or real achievement? Neal Conan and guests discuss what really builds self-esteem in children.

Guests:

Jennifer Crocker, professor, University of Michigan Department of Psychology

Thomas Phelan, author, Self-Esteem Revolutions in Children: Understanding and Managing the Critical Transitions in Your Child's Life

Michelle Borba, educator and writer on issues of children and self-esteem