(Self) Esteem – “self-confidence” – “score highly … relative to their international peers”

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. high school students do not take any science more challenging than general biology.


55% do not take any math courses beyond two years of algebra and one year of geometry.


American students score highly in one area relative to their international peers


Two Million Minutes, documentary shown on PBS 9/30/2008



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Robert Compton’s

Homepage: http://www.2mminutes.com/

2009 documentaries on DVD are:

§         Two Million Minutes in India – Chapter 2: A Deeper Look at Indian Education 

§         Two Million Minutes in China – Chapter 3: A Deeper Look at Chinese Education


Today's college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society.


"We need to stop endlessly repeating 'You're special' and having children repeat that back," said the study's lead author, Professor Jean Twenge of San Diego State University. "Kids are self-centered enough already."


Twenge and her colleagues, in findings to be presented at a workshop Tuesday in San Diego on the generation gap, examined the responses of 16,475 college students nationwide who completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory between 1982 and 2006.


The standardized inventory, known as the NPI, asks for responses to such statements as "If I ruled the world, it would be a better place," "I think I am a special person" and "I can live my life any way I want to."


The researchers describe their study as the largest ever of its type and say students' NPI scores have risen steadily since the current test was introduced in 1982. By 2006, they said, two-thirds of the students had above-average scores, 30 percent more than in 1982.

"Study: College students more narcissistic” Associated Press By David Crary, AP National Writer February 27, 2007




To see that data as a table:


Date of Sample

Scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI)


About 50% of the students tested had above average scores on the NPI


About 66.6% of the students tested had above average scores on the NPI



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