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Grace Note for November 11, 2015

Evidently some high school students who take the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT have a well developed sense of self. On this test there are a number of questions besides the ones about math and English which the students are asked to answer. For instance, they are asked to evaluate their leadership ability.

The results from a recent years round of exams revealed that, seventy percent of the students rated themselves as above average in leadership, and only two percent as below average. Sixty percent rated themselves as above average in athletics while only six percent said below. When they rated themselves as to how easy they were to get along with, 25 percent said they were in the top one percent, sixty percent said they were in the top ten percent, and absolutely no one said he was below average in being easy to get along with.

Obviously these high school students have pride in themselves. Now is this the kind of pride that says, “I have something to offer this world to make it a better place,” or is it the kind of pride that says, “I'm better than you”? The exam doesn't say. We hope its pride that offers to build a better world; otherwise, it is arrogance.

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