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George F. Will: Self-Esteem, Self-Destruction

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Posted on March 5 2010 7:30 am
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by George F. Will

Memo to that Massachusetts school where children in physical education classes jump rope without using ropes: Get some ropes. And you — you are about 85 percent of all parents — who are constantly telling your children how intelligent they are: Do your children a favor and pipe down.

These are nuggets from “NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. It is another book to torment modern parents who are determined to bring to bear on their offspring the accumulated science of child-rearing. Modern parents want to nurture so skillfully that Mother Nature will gasp in admiration at the marvels their parenting produces from the soft clay of children.

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