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    Ridiculous. Poor kids.

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    Awful.
    I've taught a 'gifted' class. In other words all these kids were identified as gifted in a particular area if not more than one.
    Many of these kids are in coaching and have been since early days. They attend all day saturday and 2 or 3 days during the week.
    They were often highly anxious. .results driven with little 'happiness' in them iykwim.
    Really gorgeous kids who were being pushed too hard. It was all about receiving academic awards..comparing between others (parents especially doing this ) and not so much on playing in their own time.
    I found it really sad.
    One particular kid used to vomit before major things because he was so stressed he couldn't live up to expectations. He was 8 years old.

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    Poor kids!
    Weekends and weekdays is way too much.

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    I think it's ridiculous. Poor kids, they should be allowed to be kids. It's too much work and too much pressure.
    Even the tutoring for OC classes and selective schools; kids should be getting in because they are naturally smart, not because they've been coached into it.


    Some of the kids at my DS1's school started tutoring in preschool, and they have many tutors for many subjects. All with the aim of getting into a selective school. I will never forget at the open night, so the kids would have been in year 5, a parent stood up during question time and asked "how many hours a day should my child be studying for this test?" .

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    The parents I know genuinely think they are giving their kids the best chance at getting in to a good school and ultimately do well in HSC so they have lots of options to go to uni. So it's not out of competitiveness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    The parents I know genuinely think they are giving their kids the best chance at getting in to a good school and ultimately do well in HSC so they have lots of options to go to uni. So it's not out of competitiveness.
    Then you should show your friends this

    https://www.tes.com/news/school-news...mes-so-why-are

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jontu View Post
    The parents I know genuinely think they are giving their kids the best chance at getting in to a good school and ultimately do well in HSC so they have lots of options to go to uni. So it's not out of competitiveness.
    Same with the parents I know. But it's just too much for a child IMO. It's not just a few years of tutoring, it's 13 years of school in school hours, 13 years of tutoring after school, and then 4+ years of uni study. I don't know how a child handles that pressure for 17 straight years! They need their down time. They need to just do well what they can, with their own abilities. IMO.

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    When the topic comes up I share my views but I also understand they have theirs.
    I rather not tell people how they should parent though.

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    I didn't realise this level of tutoring was a thing?!

    I had some tutoring when I was in high school because I was genuinely struggling in mathematics.

    I assumed you get your child tutoring when they are behind, not to accelerate them beyond their peers? Well there you go!


 

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