The Times is reporting that a leading head has warned that parents at Britain’s leading private schools are terrified of their children’s failure and how it will reflect on themselves…
The report says that Clarissa Farr, head of St Paul’s Girls’ School in west London, made a series of outspoken comments including accusing high-achieving parents of “affluent neglect”, where she claims children are not shown enough attention in the evenings.
She also suggested many parents refuse to accept their child coming second and warned that children were growing up unable to cope with failure as a result.
The report quotes Mrs Farr as saying: “Parents have very high aspirations — they have a kind of ticking, frenetic anxiety — even the ones who are delightful to deal with are on edge because they haven’t really got enough time to have the conversation they’re trying to have with you.
“Anything that might result in success not happening for their son or daughter, in however small an arena, they’re very frightened of.”
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