So I was at a very enjoyable wedding in Brussels this weekend, and I spent a small amount of time on two occasions chatting about my job, and I talked about SEAL in secondary schools.
As a result I started to reference Carol Craig, who I saw speak at the Happiness conference I went to in Belfast a few weeks ago. She said that the “self-esteem” movement was largely responsible for the disgraceful state of education in America. That as a result America has young people who expect to be praise for little achievement, and that the real achievements that involve overcoming adversity are largely redundant.
Carol Craig has written a long paper criticising SEAL and wonders if we might do the same. I suppose a key question I’d like to know is whether American education really does represent the pits of Western civilisation, or was that just her being polemical. I suppose I should do more reading/ research!
Meanwhile, I’m going to a conference that launches SEAL in my authority this Thursday – I suppose it would do no harm to read Carol Craig’s paper in advance of that – but I can’t find it online!