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“I would love to teach but…”

Found this interesting article in WaPo about a teacher who reached her breaking point with dumbed down curriculum and misguided parents.

It screams of the entitlement and praise heavy culture, the likes of wish have been righteously lambasted in books such as NurtureShock (Bronson) and How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (Tough), and also somewhat in Parenting for Authentic Success (Levine).

Essentially, parents expect their children to receive high grades, regardless of effort, and when they do not, it must be due to some failing of the student.

This affects all parents, because it seems to me the saying that the squeaky wheel gets the grease rings true– if you do not similarly harass the teacher, your child may be disadvantaged in some way. And this has nothing to do with teachers, it is a commentary regarding affluent parents who raise their children to believe that they are uniquely special and ENTITLED. Oh the entitlement.

The influence of children who believe they are the center of the universe, and have not been taught the principles of respect for others, hard work, perseverance, and failure. I have seen :many: adults who have yet to learn these lessons. I cannot stand a lack of character, and thus, we have chosen a path which allows us to focus on encouraging these positive traits in our children, and isolate them from the potentially poisonous culture of entitlement and things like this.

Additionally, there is the obsession with the notion that overachievement in academics is the only way to be successful in life. I will save you my personal opinion, and point you towards Levine’s book linked to above. The Cliff Notes version: there is not one way to be successful in life, and an obsession with Tiger Mother like tactics can have extreme consequences.

So anyway, rant (?) over.

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