Wimpy attitudes cause U.S. kids to lose career opportunities

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  • raybies Layton, UT
    March 29, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    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.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 28, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Wimpy attitudes come from both students, and teachers.

    An effect of our standardized testing. Government intimidation. Accountability to the feds.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    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....