Before I could act like a father and gently remind my son to use his library card (which he had forgotten to bring), the librarian, making sure his feelings weren’t bruised, hustled over to tell us in a soothing voice that it was all right.
So much for personal responsibility. Teachable moment lost.
While a minor skirmish in the current war between self-esteem and personal responsibility, to me it was telling.
By Stan Guthrie