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I don't know, therefor I ask.
I accidentally voted "no" by accident, sorry. I tripped up a bit on the wording. But I don't think it's always wrong. There's probably a balance to be had between letting kids dream and fantasize and think they're so special vs. preparing them for their reality. But if one or the other, I think it's more important to prepare them for reality than anything else.
A healthy balance to me is like encourage kids to dream and explore and discover their true passions and talents. But it's another thing to take that so far that we end up raising the next American Idol contestant who quits his/her job to audition and shows up on stage completely tone-deaf and starts arguing with the judges who tell them the harsh reality because they've been fooled into thinking they were so special and talented all their lives.
I also don't necessarily think it's healthy to tell kids they can accomplish anything they set their minds toward. There has to some level of practicality here, like delivering the bad news to a 4'11 guy that his chances of becoming an NBA star are probably slim to none. That's not cruel in my opinion, that's kind because it can allow him to shift his focus to something he can actually excel at.
That's good too. A lot of good philosophies here. Are y'all parents?
Gen X: the voice of reason. :-)
@madgoat Very kind of you. Thank you very much.
Well that's honest.