Like everybody else, I studied Freud and Rogers in my graduate program. I don’t remember anything about Nathaniel Branden, though, and have only the vaguest recollection of Roy Baumeister. I do, however, remember the time period during which self-esteem was the catchword everywhere I looked—news, talk shows, bestseller lists. Self-esteem, it seemed, was the magic bullet that would cure society’s ills. It doesn’t seem to be turning out that way. This story (a 25 minute’ish read, so fix yourself a cup of coffee to go with it), explains the self-esteem movement but focuses more on Baumeister’s growing doubts and eventual determination to debunk it.
This doesn’t really have much to do with school counseling, but wow. What a lucky bunch of kids.
“Hispanic students are significantly more likely than African-Americans or whites to be the first in their families to graduate from college.” Also: “…only 56 percent of young Hispanic students go to four-year schools — while, for non-Hispanic whites, the same figure is 72 percent. For blacks and for Asian-Americans, those numbers stand at 66 and 79 percent, respectively.” The article goes on to state that Hispanics who start at community college are significantly less likely to ever finish a four year degree.
In an interesting case of free speech vs school safety in California, school safety wins. Beware the comment trail.
Do any of your students smoke? Hopefully they’re bombarded with anti-smoking messages all the time, enough to convince them to give up the habit. If not, here’s one more.