I've often had a bit of an uphill battle to convince students that some short-term gain in one of my classes equals long-term gain. The self-esteem movement, it appears, has another brick taken out of its foundation.
Feeling Sad Can Actually Help!
I'll plug this into one of my prospective student FAQs, as well..
From time-to-time I find interesting articles about the state of universities, the field of history, etc. I'll post them here just in case anyone else is interested.