ERIC Number: ED337730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
If I Don't Love Me, Who Will? Developing Self-Esteem in Youth.
Education was designed to prepare young people for the adult world, to enable them to find some degree of success in whatever they choose to do. It is thought if that educators can teach young people to read and write, they will succeed. But the primary reason people lose jobs is not because they do not have basic skills but because they cannot get along with one another in the workplace. The real problems faced by students include: low self-esteem; inability to communicate clearly; inability to deal with stress; problems with handling anger and conflict; lack of opportunity to determine options and make choices; lack of understanding that one's behaviors entails consequences; feelings of unrealistic expectations and limited potential; and lack of gender equity in parental behavior. One program that has had significant success in combating these social problems is described. Called "The Dynamics of Relationships," and originally piloted in Washington, D.C., the course allows young people to develop: (1) a strong and secure sense of self-worth; (2) more effective communication skills; (3) the ability to cope constructively with disappointment, loss, and rejection; and (4) clearer and more realistic expectations about their future roles in life. In summary, teaching students to read and write without also teaching them to function as social beings does not make sense. The educational system and society need major reforms. The new "three Rs" of the '90s must be respect, responsibility, and relationships. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Youth Professionals' Institute (17th, Anaheim, CA, March 24-27, 1991).