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08 April 2015


George Boardman

The Stanford marshmallow tests of the '60s and '70s showed that children who had the self control to delay gratification did better in school and other aspects of life as they got older.

On the other hand, I have a friend in the awards business who is just thrilled that everybody has to get a trophy, plaque or certificate regardless of how poorly they did.

George Rebane

GeorgeB 314pm - Totally understandable ;-)

Bonnie McGuire

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist, now known as the father of psychoanalysis. He believed that individuals could achieve their highest potential through "self discipline." Consequently, these people ultimately raise the standards of communities and nations. The opposite mentality destroys individuals and their society. In America our school system abandoned discipline and replaced it with drugging many children (mostly boys) instead. This was done despite the objections of many doctors who said it would be healthier to teach children discipline. The drugs like Ritalin and Adderall nullified their development of self discipline ability, and became the threshold to mental illness and drug addiction problems of our meth society today. We hear and read about their terrible struggles every day. Lack of self discipline doesn't promote self-esteem.

Bill  Tozer

Well, this what self esteem without discipline gets ya: people like me and commie bastards.


Joe Koyote

"In America our school system abandoned discipline and replaced it with drugging many children (mostly boys) instead"

Schools don't prescribe drugs, doctors do and one can't disregard the influence of the pharmaceutical industry in promoting drugs for all occasions. My own doctor recently commented to me on how doctoring (and medical training) has changed over the last few decades to little more than prescribing drugs. One can't disregard the influence of the pharmaceutical industry in this regard as well.

George Rebane

JoeK 1006am - I'm curious how this progressive explanation of how in-school discipline has been abandoned involves the pharmaceutical industry in any culpable manner. The loss of discipline enforcement is directly traceable to the new politically correct way of parenting and classroom instruction (which involves favoring the little darlin having good self-esteem in lieu of self-control). The greedy capitalist pharmas saw the created problem and naturally offered a pharmaceutical remedy which was wholeheartedly embraced by the teaching industry which had no alternative remedy to the problem they had caused.

Now the progressives start blaming the "influence" of pharma as contributing to yet another problem created by liberal thought. It's like blaming the mousetrap industry for causing the rodent problem, or procuring new fire engines for the incident rate of fires. But then, such arguments work beautifully with the Left's constituencies.

Todd Juvinall

Precocious boys in elementary school were "calmed down" with drugs because the schools thought they were experiencing some sort of malady. We all know it was just boys being boys. George is correct, JoeK is simply a "big pharma" hater.

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