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 to succeed.

And if you are "programmed" to fail, you are more likely to fail.

Hence the vital importance of self-esteem in learning and education.

In fact, the world's top-selling book of the year, The Learning Revolution, calls self esteem "the secret heart of learning".

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:

  • Physical safety: 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 purpose.
From all their research, Dryden and Vos say self-esteem and self-confidence should be built into the heart of all school curricula.
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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