The Sunday Times is reporting that claims from a leading academic that middle-class parents have reared a generation of youngsters who struggle to cope in the real world…
The paper has interviewed Carol Dweck – of growth mindset fame and professor of psychology at Stanford University – and reports her suggestions that highly educated parents and academic schools are turning out a generation of children with “perfect” academic scores who later struggle at college and in careers.
Dweck is quoted:
“The idea that children have to have a string of A grades is a terrible thing. There is a lot of parental influence on that perfectionism . . . In the past few generations we have seen the emergence of highly educated mothers . . . They schedule all these activities and advocate for the child . . . In the States parents are even calling up employers asking, ‘Why did my child not get a promotion? Why didn’t they get a stellar appraisal?’”
She goes on to suggest these young people will often end up living back with their parents because they lack the skills to make it on their own and cannot cope in the real world.
Examples of parents managing university application processes on behalf of their children and even getting involved in their employment issues are also raised.
Dweck suggests that one of the reasons today’s children are less resilient is because of excessive praise from parents, especially when it isn’t justified, and says parents should try to praise focus and effort/perseverance (but only when it is actually deserved).
More at: Fussing parents rear generation of no-copers (subscription may be required)
Obviously none of us is guilt of this ourselves 😯 but do you recognise these symptoms in children around you?
Do you agree with the underlying premise from Carol Dweck that parental attitudes – often from those who should know best – are creating less resilient offspring?
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