Pushy parents are ‘living children’s lives’ for them, says Eton headteacher

The TES is reporting that the head of Eton College has said pushy private school parents are increasingly “living their children’s lives” for them and demanding a very specific type of education for their offspring…

…Speaking at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, Mr Little claimed that although the “vast majority” of parents he dealt with bought into the philosophy that his school promoted, he bemoaned the minority of mums and dads who needed closer management.

“In the main most parents are fine,” he said. “But it is still the case that a small minority of parents at my school – and at different types of schools – have a very specific agenda. [They are] living the life for their children.

“In other words they embark on an education with the end product that their son or daughter will be at X university, they will be achieving this, they will be doing that. And any deviation from the norm is a big problem for them.”

The driven nature of some parents can impact “pretty badly on their children”, he added…

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove These parents will always exist but they are encouraged to think they know better by constant teacher-bashing in the media

  2. cliff_margaret

    SchoolsImprove we all want the best chances in life for our. Child/grandchildren,education is the way,but even children burn out?

  3. cliff_margaret

    SchoolsImprove we all want the best chances in life for our. Child/grandchildren,education is the way,but even children burn out?

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