This is absolutely fascinating. As a piano teacher, I find that my students who have been continually praised and glorified by their parents over every little thing don't try as hard as those who have had to earn praise with something extra ordinary. Those who are used to being praised have lower self-confidence and don't work well unless I continually praise and reassure them. They don't seem to be able to function independently without constant feedback.
I read once many years ago that you should never save every scrap of paper your child draws on but only certain select art projects that they have taken time and put much effor into. That way it emphasizes effort and concern for detail.
It is all very interesting.
that is really interesting, especially the part about students shying away from hard tasks due to fear of failure. i never thought about that before. if they're going to receive praise for the littlest things, then why would they bother trying harder? so i guess boosting their self-esteem only (without challenging them) is like inflation - you're raising the ticket price but not the value. thanks for sharing this article!