Against the Grain

Are Today’s Children Spoiled?

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Today’s children are overindulged, coddled, and spoiled — lavished with praised and unearned ‘A’s at school, given trophies when they don’t win. They get everything too easily. It’s bad for parents, bad for children, and bad for society at large. But are any of these claims factually accurate? Leading education critic Alfie Kohn reflects on this prevailing — and conservative — depiction of young people and children, and considers why it’s frequently shared by progressives and right-wingers alike.