From the early sixties to the mid or late eighties, virtually no one within the professional education community seriously questioned what teachers were being taught about self-esteem. Doubters were thought of as heretics or fools.
. . . Self-esteem boosting has faded in popularity but no one in the education research community has admitted their error, much less announced that the misconception should be corrected.
When drugs are found to be ineffective or harmful, they are taken off of the market. When teaching practices are found to be faulty, everyone keeps their mouth shut so as to avoid upsetting anyone.
Stone and Plum believe today’s “best practices” in teaching will turn out to be worst practices for most children — and that nobody will ever admit it.