We Americans Have Become Masters of Conceit

David Brooks on self-esteem:

The problem with “self-esteem?” From David Brooks: “In 1950, the Gallup organization asked high school seniors, ‘Are you a very important person?’ And at that point 12 percent said yes. They asked the same question in 2005 and 80 percent said, ‘Yes, I am a very important person.’ Americans score 25th in the world in math, but if you ask Americans, ‘Are you really good in math?’ We are number-one in the world at thinking we are really good at math.”

The fruit of the self-esteem tree is decidedly bitter.  More like rotten.

Source: Leonard Sweet on FaceBook

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