The author writes: "We need to give our students the opportunity to develop to their true potential. We need to teach them how to actually succeed. And this means setting reasonable yet high standards, training them to meet those standards, and holding them accountable for doing so, and throughout their student careers supplying them with honest evaluations of their performance."
While this is a call to action for those of us in higher ed to stop pandering to students who simply want to FEEL good, I am curious whether it is too late, once they reach college, to help them set the boundaries that should have started long before we ever see them. They have 18 (at least) years of everyone else telling them they are wonderful, loved, and special and that the shit they just turned in is worthy of being published. And then they go to college and encounter... well, more people who tell them they're special and that the A they got really was an A, and not a C disguised as an A because the proffie was too chicken shit to assign the grade that they earned. Is there actually hope for this generation, or are we starting just another season of "more of the same, version 2.0 with flashier graphics in our smart classrooms?"
And even more relevantly: I'd like to reduce my defeatist attitude before it spirals out of control by feeling that we actually DO make a difference (and I don't mean only in the lives of the one student who, ten years from now, writes to say, "Hey, you made a difference," although I'll take what I can get).
How many of you feel YOUR self esteem is negatively affected by having to deal with students who have an overinflated belief in their 'self of steam'?
Do you feel you CAN make a difference? If so, how? Do you have any positive stories/anecdotes/encounters/experiences/lies to show that, in fact, we DO make a difference, when we set and stick to higher standards?