Recently I was talking to the father of a young student who was depressed and suicidal before his exams. He told me: "I have always told my son to go ahead and experiment with anything-drugs, girls, car racing. I don't care, I tell him - just get me a 90%". I hear many different things in my practice, but this extreme statement really startled me.
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Yet when I thought about it a bit I realised that it just echoed the attitude I have seen in many other parents."You can do what you want as long as you can get me good scores." Period. I don't blame the parents for this at all.
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