When someone writes what you've been thinking...
Just had a "thank-god-I'm-not-the-only-one-who-thinks-this" moment thanks to a link off of Fussy
This is such an accurate description of the problems that some of the kids in my classes have, it's just not funny. False praise can be much worse than not enough praise.
(Not that I'm to the point of agreeing with my mother's strange habit of random daggers of criticism when I'm feeling really good about something... but anyway. Different rant there entirely. *g*)