OmegaMom, who’s trying to get her daughter to tone down the ‘tude, was appalled by the “I Am Special” song taught in kindergarten. “I am special” goes beyond telling kids it’s OK to be themselves and mean to pick on kids who are different, OmegaMom writes.
â€œI am specialâ€ is a license, in my opinion, for kids to internalize a very self-absorbed attitude. It celebrates â€œme, me, meâ€ and promotes ignoring others.
. . . It doesnâ€™t address the need for children to learn that they can try, and fail, and try again, and maybe — with hard work — achieve their end goal. It celebrates just being, and promotes an attitude that one needs only to exist to get a gold star.
The over-indulged kids think they’re wonderful no matter what they do or fail to do. The neglected kids think they’re worthless, no matter what the teacher tries to do. However, there are quite a few kids in the middle who see quickly that if everyone is special then nobody is especially special. Kids are smart that way.