Item Details

Print View

Feel Good About Failure [electronic resource]: The Dark Side of Self-Esteem Classes

ABC News Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In a highly competitive society, what harm could possibly come from providing self-esteem classes at school? In this program, ABC News anchors Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson and correspondent John Stossel find out as they probe the downside of the self-esteem movement. In an absence of statistics confirming any salutary effects from such classes, research indicates that intensive praise can undercut students' desire to accept greater scholastic challenges. In fact, the American Psychological Association believes that artificially inflated self-esteem can actually set the stage for school violence. Are children inadvertently being taught that there is no connection between effort and excellence?
Release Date
Run Time
13 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 03, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
The Dark Side of Self-Esteem Classes
Related Title
ABC world news tonight (Television program)
  • Me, Myself, and I (1:50)
  • Concerned Parents, Happy Kids (1:31)
  • No Winners (2:11)
  • Minimizing Competition Harms Kids (3:01)
  • Self-Esteem May Be Dangerous (2:05)
  • Ignoring the Critics (1:23)
  • Credits: Feel Good about Failure: The Dark Side of Self-Esteem Classes (0:08)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c1998.
Publisher no.
9238 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (13 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic
  • Staff View