Are We Destroying the Self-Esteem of Our Students?

I fear that our education system is tearing our students self-esteem apart.
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I have been teaching math for almost 17 years now. If you factor in my internships, it is probably closer to 18 years.
Most of the time, the students I was dealing with came from very vulnerable backgrounds.
They all had very low self-confidence and self-esteem.

Many of them had dropped out of the public school system altogether.

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My Name is Alexander Benesch, but it is okay to just address me with Alex. I am from Germany but have spent more than half of my life in Denmark, where I have been teaching special needs students, among many other activities. I write about education and teaching, provide tips for teachers and lesson materials, and blog about educational technology. I also offer my tutoring services via the blog. I am passionate about teaching and I have many thoughts and opinions about pedagogy, education, and social issues. I believe that our education systems need a major revolution to be fit for the challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. That is why I decided to write about it.

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