One head teacher clearly thinks so:
From September, Oxford High School is to launch a new project dubbed ‘The Death of Little Miss Perfect’.
Across all subjects, girls at the school in Belbroughton Road, North Oxford, will be challenged to take part in things with the knowledge that due to time constraints or other restrictions, they will not be able to be perfect.
I eagerly await cries that they are ‘being set up to fail!’ and that this will damage their self-esteem (something that seems to worry the Left, who never seem to spot the oodles of unearned self-esteem possessed by today’s teenagers).
Mrs Carlisle said: “There is an issue with girls and women in particular trying to be perfect and it is stopping them being the best they can be.
“The voice in your head says I perhaps won’t try that because it won’t be good enough, or there is no point in doing that because it won’t be perfect.
“It’s the energy spent on getting the last two per cent when perhaps you could be celebrating getting 98 per cent and moving on, or turning over the page which has a small error in the right hand corner rather than ripping it out and copying it again.”
What do you think? Refreshing, in today’s polished world, or demoralising?
Mrs Carlisle said: “It’s potentially extremely damaging to think you should strive to be perfect in everything all the time.
“It doesn’t mean don’t aim high, it means get real.”
A super concept. One, I suspect, that the Left won’t like, with their ‘everyone must have prizes!’ outlook. And if it catches on, it’ll wreak havoc on the contestant pool for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’…