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Michael Sigman: When Everyone Gets a Trophy, No One Wins - 61 views

  • "A" grades, which once conveyed excellence, are now given to 43 percent of all college students, according to a study by grade-inflation gurus Stuart Rojstaczer and Christopher Healy.
  • a scandalous 86 percent of private school students, it turns out, get nothing lower than a "B."
  • the vast majority of all private school children are virtually guaranteed to be above average.
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  • Grade inflation promotes ego inflation, the opposite of healthy self-confidence. "We want to encourage effort, especially among young kids," says Jean M. Twenge, author of The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement. "But the 'everybody gets a trophy' mentality basically says that you're going to get rewarded just for showing up. That won't build true self-esteem; instead, it builds this empty sense of 'I'm just fantastic, not because I did anything but just because I'm here.'"
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