People have forgotten the entire point of raising kids: imparting good, solid values and bringing up well-rounded members of society. Instead, parents have become morally bankrupt, raising kids as an extension of themselves and — with that — an extension of their competition with other parents.
I am beyond saddened, I am terrified.
I believe this is a mass Munchhausen's Syndrome by Proxy in our society. Like the quote says, parents rate themselves by the achievements of their children. These "parents" and will cheat, lie and fight whenever reality interferes with their own delusions of grandeur.
Wow! What a sordid story! With the "we must pass every child on to the next grade to avoid damaging the kid's self-esteem" attitude, it's no surprise these kids can't pass the SAT on their own.
I did some research in 2017 on this. Primary/Secondary schooling. From 1972 thru 2010, spending per pupil nation-wide increased (inflation-adjusted dollars) 118 percent. School employees increased 97 percent.
The end result (other than more teacher jobs), Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Michigan has had their SAT scores increase. North Carolina remained flat. The other 45 states had their SAT scores decline, as much as 8 percent.
I am not surprised at these results. Generally speaking, Singaporeans can run rings around us for self-discipline and work ethics. I had a teenage boy working in my library department year ago (an after-school job). He was from Taiwan, and he could run rings around everybody else in there for getting his work done and doing it well. About 10 years ago, one of our neighbors sent a letter to the editor of the local newspaper during a period when the schools were asking for more money. Although he was very well educated, he suggested that some of these children would be better off going to a trade school after high school. He became the local pariah for some time after that. Never mind that people who go to trade schools often come out of them making more money that the college grads.