If you reward a behaviour, you encourage more of it. If you punish a behaviour, you discourage it. It has become a common state of affairs today for parents to demand emotional welfare for their children. Schools are pressured for equality in treatment of students, encouraged to emotionally reward students for little or no achievement. Children are being taught that it is not necessary to struggle to do well, that academic competition is wrong. Parents try and are increasingly succeeding at protecting their children from reality. What, then, do these children do once they venture forth into the real world? I suppose that the government will find it necessary to create an emotional welfare program; government agents will come to your house to tell you how great you are and how much better you are than everyone else. There will be no incentive to excel, to work harder than your neighbor, to work at all.

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