As many of you know, I have a young son in elementary school. He does all right in class most of the time. I do have a problem with the way his assignments are sometimes read and graded in school. Even if he does a sloppy job and obviously has not taken care with his presentation, or his work it comes back labelled "Great job!". And if it is downright wrong, it comes back with "Good try!" Possibly as a result of this he seems to take criticism very hard. If anything he does is pointed out as less than perfect he gets very unhappy, and says that "I always do a great job in school. Why are YOU picking on me?". My point is "son, if 2+2=5, it's not a great try, it's WRONG and you have to do it again else you'll never learn!" Am I being too harsh? I work in a scientific field and academics is basically very competitive, eat or be eaten regardless of race or gender. I'm worried that he might get so pandered in school that once he goes to a more competitive environment he'll be totally lost because he thinks he's the greatest (which he's not!).