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The Cult of Success by Diana Senechal
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Jan 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: genre-non-fiction, read-2012, read-me-again
Recommended for: anyone
Read from January 09 to 17, 2012

An interesting and short essay that takes a look at the roles of the notion (and definition) of success, solitude and failure in our culture, particularly in how those relate to education. The gist of the idea is that success used to have more meanings. For example, you could succeed by simply being virtuous or smart or even by living a comfortable life, but our culture has gradually flattened the meaning (and accompanying idea) of success to mostly mean money, ranking and appearance. The essay also does a good job of discussing how American culture does not have a place for failure and, therefore, there is a general cultural impatience and dislike of the whole concept, resulting in the wanton disregard of an important learning and developmental tool.
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01/12/2012 page 5
45.0% "A nice short essay that takes a compelling look at the psychology of success and how it affects education and life."

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