Quotation by Gerald Early

Everyone in our culture wants to win a prize. Perhaps that is the grand lesson we have taken with us from kindergarten in the age of perversions of Dewey-style education: everyone gets a ribbon, and praise becomes a meaningless narcotic to soothe egoistic distemper.
Gerald Early (b. 1952), U.S. author. repr. In The Best American Essays, 1991, ed. Joyce Carol Oates (1991). "Life with Daughters: Watching the Miss America Pageant," Kenyon Review (1991).
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