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The Impact of the Self-Esteem Movement in Students

The unintended results of the Self-Esteem Movement are: Apathy/Passivity, Desensitisation and Dependence.

How are you seeing the impact of the Self-Esteem Movement expressed in the students you are engaging with?

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Paris Petelevitch
4 months ago

The impact of the self-esteem movement, I have noticed is, if they do not do well, it is usually someone else’s fault.

Stacey Franks
4 months ago

I see exactly as you said.The more I ask them to rise and stretch they sulk but they do actually work to achieve better results.

Helen Borgstrom
6 months ago

It’s an interesting concept and how we help to encourage and guide our students is so important. Pushing and encouraging those with low self esteem. Guiding and encouraging the self motivated.

Stacey Franks
4 months ago

Yes we see it across so many ages groups and cultures in Tertiary education

Jo Hartley
7 months ago

I think it is all about giving them the tools and motivation for self discovery!

Stacey Franks
4 months ago
Reply to  Jo Hartley

Yes it will be great to hear what these tools are

nicki
7 months ago

When I provide support to students their teacher always thanks me afterwards telling me how much I helped to improve their students’ confidence and low self-esteem. I appreciate the feedback, but honestly, I thought I was just showing them how to use software/technology/print/upload an assessment or whatever the issue was.

Jo Hartley
7 months ago
Reply to  nicki

You do much more than that! Support teachers provide that extra 1:1 support that can really make a student! Congratulations!

Irina Castellano
7 months ago

I’ve had so many students with incredibly low self-esteem and self-worth. By not accepting their excuses, by following up and pushing them along without doing it for them….they have sent me photos of them holding their certificate and thanking me for not giving up on them.
Saying that this was the first certificate they ever got….great feeling for both parties involved.

Helen Borgstrom
6 months ago

Thats great! So important to push our students1

Sharryn
8 months ago

There is an increase in mental health issues and low self esteem within students. They are certainly fixed on approval & reassurance at every step of the way. Parental influences even choice of course at TAFE to ensure students are not overly challenged.

Jo Hartley
7 months ago
Reply to  Sharryn

In todays society it is very hard to know how best to raise your kids! (although probably all generations felt like this!)

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Wade Azmy
1 year ago

Sometimes I see it as a product of competitiveness, whether positive or negative and sometimes it is just a character strength that is underdeveloped or overdeveloped.

Bhavna
1 year ago

Students tend to be righteous about validating the need to not perform as normal. Excuses are easily used and life’s little challenges become ‘mountain like’ instead of a minor bump to accept and move on.

Helen Borgstrom
6 months ago
Reply to  Bhavna

Exactly thats a great point! They think the small blip is a mountain when all it is, is a little hill to climb. Helping some see that is the challenge

Penelope
1 year ago

After working in the adult learning sector for numerous years with challenging environments for eight years in Juvenile Justice and three in rehab for drugs and alcohol (both environments the students resided in the learning environments) with the result of the social programming the strategies that have worked is about taking responsibility (even down to changing a toilet roll should it end on their watch) which in turn assists in building a stronger character progression and creates a platform within their character to build resilience in their life journey. we often separated behavior to give them a platform to change their behavior by saying as an example ” you are a good person however your behavior on this occasion needs your work to fix it) I believe mollycoddling is not the way as it sets the student up for a life of learned helplessness.

Paris Petelevitch
4 months ago
Reply to  Penelope

Yes, learnt helplessness hinders

Amy
1 year ago

I feel like the perception that these students don’t try and they are apathetic is born from the students’ knowledge that working hard no longer equals success in the future, as it did for previous generations. I think it is more a sense of hopelessness with how the world is going to treat them, and less a sense of a movement instigated by the generation that blames them for behaviours they themselves have instilled in the next generation. Their failures are also more to be feared now, as they are more public. We think the previous generations had more resilience, but perhaps the level is the same, and the challenges are harder – the amount of resilience has not changed, but the amount needed to navigate the world has increased.
That said, I do advocate for growth mindset to be implemented in schools and tertiary education institutions. It would help the educators as much as the students, as elder millenials have been teaching for 10+ years now.

Wade Azmy
1 year ago
Reply to  Amy

I agree, I think positive psychology and positive education is where we should focus.

Sharryn
8 months ago
Reply to  Amy

I do have to agree. Our politicians making comments around…”if you have a go you’ll get a go” sends the message that if you are not succeeding in finding suitable work etc it is your fault as you must not be trying hard enough.
Life is very challenging today but I also think that a growth mindset should be implemented in all learning environments.

Peter Seabrook
1 year ago

On-line is a fact of life with teaching after the Covid experience-where do we go from here to advance these teaching methods? Interesting that many students would rather relate to class activities with DMs rather than voice/video

Julie Barkman
1 year ago

Resilliance is an important

Penelope
1 year ago
Reply to  Julie Barkman

Yes, I would agree that building resilience is imperative for success in their life journeys

Paris Petelevitch
4 months ago
Reply to  Penelope

Building resilience is key

Leanne Lockrey
1 year ago

I am witnessing the impact of the Self-Esteem Movement expressed in the students I engage with through; their apathy toward learning, or education &/or engagement with others, in the areas they are not interested in, the disregard of due dates of assessments, the dependence of placing the blame on someone/something else, & looking for someone else to do the hard work or fix it!!

Sharryn
8 months ago
Reply to  Leanne Lockrey

I’m also finding units on self esteem are becoming quite common in courses in the Certificate II level.

Michelle Wein
1 year ago

They require more support, assistance, guidance and multiple attempts. All in all = less try.

Bhavna
1 year ago
Reply to  Michelle Wein

Agree Michelle,less self initiative is evident.

Visnja Simovic
1 year ago

In my experience (over 2 decades of teaching), I have noticed the increase in appeals from failing students; questioning and challenging the outcome. Unsurprisingly, the same students also fail to apply themselves to their studies.

Michelle Wein
1 year ago
Reply to  Visnja Simovic

I agree Visnja, I also see this trend on the rise.

Julie Barkman
1 year ago
Reply to  Michelle Wein

Ditto

Penelope
1 year ago
Reply to  Visnja Simovic

yes, I have witnessed this also the student needs more support and individual education plans

Wade Azmy
1 year ago
Reply to  Visnja Simovic

I agree, it is true if there is no desire to advance

Elizabeth Anthony Lee
1 year ago

In recent years I have found that children have been mollycoddled- they expect to be hand held through all types of learning, have not got the need to research for themselves and always need praise. We as teachers are told to be very sensitive to their needs. They do not expect to be marked as unsatisfactory and its always the teachers fault. There are the exceptional students who are forward thinking but in the minority.

Michelle Wein
1 year ago

Often this is the case in my cohort also, and more so on a yearly basis.

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