My wife an I are slowly working our way through The Narcissism Epidemic by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell. It has been an interesting read, one that we both highly recommend for teachers, students, parents, humans and some intelligent canines. I recently came across an article with a similar argument:
The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment study for 2009 revealed that, in a group of 34 developed countries, American students ranked 17th in science knowledge and ability and 25th in math, although—and let’s have a big cheer here—14th in reading. But they waved the big foam-hand finger at No. 1 in self-confidence. For professors, of course, this is old news. I doubt there’s a single one of us who has not encountered, and continues to encounter with depressing frequency and volume, students who perform below college standards yet confront us with anger or tears or both and the claim that they “always” get A’s, that we are being unreasonable at best, and at worst that the low grades they are earning are vindictive because we don’t like them. That we can and do provide them with evidence that they have earned these low grades too often means nothing to them because they know they’re better than the evidence shows.