The secret heart of learning
Henry Ford put it neatly: "If you think you can or think you
can't, you're right."
Too often we become what we think we can become.
Even worse, too often we become what other people expect.
If you are "programmed" to succeed, you are more likely
And if you are "programmed" to fail, you are more
likely to fail.
Hence the vital importance of self-esteem in learning and
In fact, the world's top-selling book of the year, The
Learning Revolution, calls self esteem "the secret heart of
Co-authors Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos say most school
systems actually expect and plan for a reject rate that would send
any business bankrupt.
From interviews and research around the world, the co-authors
come to share the views expressed by American researcher Bettie B.
Youngs that self-esteem is a composite of six vital ingredients:
Freedom from physical harm.
Emotional security: the absence of intimidations and fears.
Identity: the "Who am I?" question.
Affiliation: a sense of belonging.
Competence: a sense of feeling capable.
Mission: the feeling that one's life has meaning and
From all their research, Dryden and Vos say self-esteem and
self-confidence should be built into the heart of all school
And they provide practical examples, from schools around the
world, where children are learning self-confidence and self-esteem
from every successful activity they undertake.
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