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No, only a few get the awards July 27, 2013

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

In the US over the past 25 or so years, there has been a huge movement among parents and educators to build children’s self-esteem by making life and education only positive experiences. This is done by making all activities non-competitive. Every child gets a reward, award, good grade. The catch phrase has been “Everyone gets an award”.

Now these children are entering colleges, graduate schools, and the work force. These are the first situations where not everyone gets a “top” grade or an award. There is competition, sometimes very fierce competition. Now these adults still steeped in a childish cloud of self-esteem are either hitting a brick wall full force or expecting the system that is competitive to continue to coddle them…..deferring hitting that brick wall.

Bosses, as class professors or research advisors or as supervisors in the workplace, are not into coddling. They want results. This clash starts as early as the class room in college, where the students expect all As (or top marks). A fraction get them and they grumble, flooding online assessment sites with bad reviews for a professor. In the grad school process, these students expect to get into any university they apply to. Then they expect every professor to curry to them, that they are the decision makers in getting into research groups. If they apply for a job, they expect the company to give them full-scale salaries and benefits either immediately or very quacking, none of this “starting” salary business.

So there now is a growing chasm between these angry and disillusioned twenty-something children and the real world. Will professors and bosses drastically alter things? Doubtful, since their metrics are results oriented. Thus, the young people who have never faced travail need to learn that it is a competitive world where those with more talents and experience win. Will this happen? Eventually, but only after a large proportion get very bloodied by the adjustment.



1. EllePi - March 25, 2014

Finally, someone who knows how to talk about a subject without sounding like a kid…

2. Rohit Sharma (@rnsharma) - June 4, 2014

I’d take a look at http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2014/05/27/1860552/video-five-reasons-the-young-have-it-tough/

Is what’s happening to millennials really because they got some BS award in pre-k – or – is it due to the fact that the baby boomers enjoyed their debt binge and basically f’ed the young’ins. The facts seems to side on the latter with the former just being a perception of the “old”s to justify their lack of data.

fetzthechemist - June 4, 2014

Millenials value systems are not the same. Fame is a very high aim – the reality show consequence. Wanting to be known is quite different that wanting a good reputation.

What would debt have do with success? The boomers has an analogous situation with the World War II generation creating huge debt from fighting that war, then the Cold War and arms race. Millenials are just soft and cuddled, looking for excuses why their straight A skills get them nowhere.

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