According to one doctor, a private Jewish school in New York could be teaching students a bad lesson by offering parents the option to raise their children's poor grades to protect their feelings.
Fox News reports that Yeshiva Ketana school officials would give parents the accurate report cards while giving students a rosier report, with the parents' OK. But Dr. Lainna Callentine with the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) says that is a wrongheaded strategy.
"I really think it kind of fosters a sense of narcissism and a sense of entitlement," she submits. "You know -- 'If I don't get what I think I deserve, then something is wrong with the system, and that something internally isn't something I have to improve in myself."
Dr. Callentine says it is just as important to learn about losing as it is about winning.
"No one wants to lose or fail at something; it's our normal, human nature," she recognizes. "We have to be taught to overcome and deal with failure and disappointment, and when you take that whole system away, it really robs us from achieving what God is calling in each of us to be better human beings."
The letter explaining the option to parents quickly went viral and generated a lot of criticism. School officials claim that they have been misunderstood.