"Ambition inflation" is on the rise

According to a recent study (and obvious observation of behavior), the self-infatuation of America's youth is on the rise. And unfortunately, most have nothing to show for it.

Over the weekend, the Daily Mail reported:

"Young people's unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966."

"Psychologist Jean Twenge and her colleagues compiled the data and found that over the last four decades there's been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being 'above average' in the areas of academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence.

But in appraising the traits that are considered less individualistic - co-operativeness, understanding others, and spirituality - the numbers either stayed at slightly decreased over the same period.

Researchers also found a disconnect between the student's opinions of themselves and actual ability.

While students are much more likely to call themselves gifted in writing abilities, objective test scores actually show that their writing abilities are far less than those of their 1960s counterparts.

Also on the decline is the amount of time spent studying, with little more than a third of students saying they study for six or more hours a week compared to almost half of all students claiming the same in the late 1980s.

Though they may work less, the number that said they had a drive to succeed rose sharply.

These young egotists can grow up to be depressed adults.

A 2006 study found that students suffer from 'ambition inflation' as their increased ambitions accompany increasingly unrealistic expectations.

'Since the 1960s and 1970s, when those expectations started to grow, there's been an increase in anxiety and depression,' Twenge said. 'There's going to be a lot more people who don't reach their goals.'

Twenge is the author of a separate study showing a 30 per cent increase towards narcissism in students since 1979."

"They think that they're special and they think that they deserve great things because they're special, and they're not.  That's going to be a problem.  Who hasn't seen ‑‑ who hasn't seen this coming?" Glenn commented after reading the report.

And Glenn's right, if you've ever watched one episode of American Idol, it's crystal clear that something is wrong with the youth of America self-perception. Just look at the utter shock on the faces of these kids as they're broken the news that 'no, you're not the next Kelly Clarkson':

In the words of Simon, "Dreadful. Absolutely dreadful."

But, this is the "trophy generation", where throughout childhood kids are given award simply for showing up, where 'playing time' is guaranteed with no correlation to athletic ability, and students are forced to move at the pace of their lowest performing classmate.

America's youth are being set up for failure without ever being given the opportunity to actually experience it.

In a generation where practically every student goes to college, getting into college is hardly an achievement. Students enter with zero career goals, but believe they are entitled to a job upon completion. This didn't used to be the case.

Glenn has been reading a lot of books about the 1800s and the great innovators in America and the electrical age. Glenn was surprised by the number of them who left college because they felt like they were put in a box.

'I'm shocked by the number of people that went to college and, you know, Westinghouse was one of them, really smart guy, went to Yale, was I think a year into Yale and was like, "Okay, enough of that"," Glenn explained.

But it's not just great minds of the past who left college to innovate on their own. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Michael Dell all left to pursue their own education and innovation.

"I'm stunned by how many people are not playing the game, you know, where they just, they just got out and said, "I don't want anything to do with this."  And then how hard they all worked," Glenn said.

Today's youth don't share this motivation. Pat noted that when you hear people say, "there are jobs that Americans just won't do," they're right. How many 20-year-olds do you know that would work as a farmhand or in construction. There are some, but not many.

"They all believe they're above that," Pat quipped.

"It's time that we changed that," Glenn said. "And forget about ‑‑ you're not going to be able to turn the tide of the whole of society.  It really is time to gather together with like‑minded people and change the world that you can change.  You can't change the whole world.  We have to focus on ourselves and our families and our own community, and strengthen each other.  It's later than you think it is.  And we can change the world. But not from Washington, and not through marches or anything else.  We have to be a community of like-minded people that stand together, that value merit and work and invention and entrepreneurship."

Need more proof that America's youth aren't exactly in touch with reality? Watch this...

On the morning of Aug. 15, Asma was a free woman in Kabul. She wore Western clothes. Traveled safely alone. Attended college in a neighboring country with the money her parents had saved. By that evening, her entire world had changed.

For the first time in her life, Asma was confronted with the reality of the Taliban. The horror stories she heard growing up were no longer the nightmare of her parents' generation. They were hers, too. Faced with the impossible decision to stay with her family and risk imminent torture or death, she chose to live, and take on the Taliban face-to-face.

Asma's bravery also led to the rescue of over 150 Afghan college women. She tells Glenn she was willing to die before she let the Taliban take her or the other women. But she didn't do it alone. Her sister Azada, helplessly watching the horror unfold from the U.S., quickly turned to her father's contact list. What follows is a miracle evacuation story that ends with a sisters' reunion and hope for a new future. These brave Afghan sisters have a message for those in their home country still trapped, for the leaders of this country, and for the men and women in uniform (and their families) who may believe the American sacrifices for Afghanistan were in vain.

Finally, a note about the other heroes in the rescue story. The movement of the seven buses of college women into the Kabul airport was a chain with about 8-10 links. Had any one of those links not been present or broken, the young women would not have made it into the airport for evacuation, and three young women taken by the Taliban would not have been recovered.

Glenn and his team would like to give a special thanks to Francisco from Arcis International, Wade and Jim from Commercial Task Force, Blaine from E3 Ranch Foundation, Michael and his crew from Kam Air, No One Left Behind, Samaritan's Purse, and Charmaine, Chris, Geno, John, Lori, Rob, Rudy & the Ground Team from The Nazarene Fund.

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There's been a lot of talk about the idea of a (peaceful) "national divorce" as the Left continues to abandon everything that made America what it is. Well, this week's guest on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" is all for that divorce. Michael Malice is the author of "The Anarchist Handbook" and host of the podcast "Your Welcome." He joined Glenn to talk about how an anarchist would peacefully take on America's greatest challenges — with a smile.

"My rights are not up for discussion," Malice told Glenn. He explained why his version of America will save America, and why, in spite of anxious talk of "national divorce," he has so much hope for the future.

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There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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