I attended a seminar for parents and their daughters interested in engineering
hosted by Weber State. The guest lecturer, a female engineer, stated that one
important thing for a kid to learn is that "Everyone fails at math".
Often, girls especially, reach the place where math starts to get hard, and
instead of saying to themselves, "I can do this" they start to believe
the societal lies (and I believe natural inborn female tendency) to internalize
the failure as something wrong with themself. There must be something wrong with
me because I failed. Instead of putting more effort or seeking help, many girls
stop trying or give up because it didn't come naturally. Yet, failure at a
test is not a failure if you learn from it--and grades are but a temporary thing
compared with the overall learning objective--yet too often rewards and praise
go only to those with the highest marks, often very lazy students who are
naturally gifted, but terrible learners who never really challenged themselves
intellectually. They never reached their limits, and therefore aren't even
aware of what they're capable of.
Wimpy attitudes come from both students, and teachers.An effect of
our standardized testing. Government intimidation. Accountability to the feds.
The attitude of the far left is to demonize and put anyone down who thinks
differently than their intellectual superior ideology. If you say anything
during a sporting event, then somehow it is racists, sexists etc. Even college
sports they don't want football players to be physical or aggressive, shake
hands after every play. Then you have the real world where if people make bad
choices, you can't let them think that it was a bad choice. So we cuddle
them and refuse to help them learn how to overcome problems, but, rather soemone
else whoe is smarter than you will take care of all of lifes ills.Then we have a doctor shoot and kill soldiers at Ft Hood. It wasn't
terroism, but, work place violence. And it's because we failed to keep guns
out of everyones hands. It wasn't his fault for shooting people, but,
societies failure.We are against bullying, but, won't allow our
kids learn to defend themselves from a bully. We can't take risk playing a
sport, because you might get injured.But we will legalize drugs,
encourage "safe" sex....