Years ago, I speed-read a self-esteem book about a hedgehog (or some such) who was afraid to go to school on the first day because he didn’t know how to read. By the final page, he’d learned it was OK: His teacher would “love” him “just the way you are.”
Parents love their little hedgehogs. Teachers do not. It’s not their job. Their job is to teach reading, among other things. If “just the way you are” is illiterate, then a good teacher will do her best to change that.
I agree with Checker Finn that the self-esteem movement of the ’80s was an “educational disaster.” Teachers were told…
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