Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The Myth of Praise
This video highlights the theory that too much of the wrong kind of praise can actually harm children's success in school. It comes to us from a book recommended by one of our bloggers, called "NurtureShock" by Po Bronson.
Very interesting stuff! I found it fascinating that the American mom refused to deliver the bad news to her child that she had done poorly on a test, contrasted with the Chinese mom who very matter of fact told her child she did not score well and then sat with her to go over her errors and show her how to get to the right answer. Are we harming our children by giving too much of the wrong kind of praise? Are we so afraid to let them experience difficulties that we shield them too much? Should we instead, perhaps, be encouraging hard work, challenges and creative problem-solving?