"Researchers at the Brookings Institution, in one of their frequent studies of education policy, compared students’ assessments of their abilities in math with their scores on a standardized test. Nearly forty per cent of American eighth graders agreed “a lot” with the statement “I usually do well in mathematics,” even though only seven per cent of American students actually got enough correct answers on the test to qualify as advanced. Among Singaporean students, eighteen per cent said they usually did well in math; forty-four per cent qualified as advanced. As the Brookings researchers pointed out, even the least self-confident Singaporean students, on average, outscored the most self-confident Americans."
So, although American kids are on average, scholastically-speaking, pretty dumb (the ranking in other disciplines wasn't great either), they sure feel great about themselves!
Is there a difference between a healthy self-esteem and a damagingly false sense of self? How do you raise children with one and without the other?