When outcome becomes more important than process
Long time educator, Michael Mulligan asks why so many of today’s kids are depressed, despite their affluence, their sense of social responsibility, and their ambition. After painting a compelling case that we have “raised a generation that is plagued with insecurity, anxiety and despair,” Mulligan summarizes:
“”… when we teach our children that outcomes are more important than process they lose the ability to enjoy learning for its own sake. Everything becomes about the end-game. The problem is that the end game - whether it turns out as they anticipated or not - is often not intrinsically rewarding."