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 Post subject: Academics isn't everything...
Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:10 am 
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I'm a bit unhappy about the background of this article and the person it centres on as it's highly sensational...

Viewpoint: Why Laura Johnson's riot case makes parents uneasy

However it contains an interesting snippet of information.

Most of the adolescent students attending my counselling sessions are high achievers who, despite attaining good academic results, suffer from low self-esteem resulting in any one or a combination of the following: binge drinking, taking illegal drugs, suffering from eating disorders such as bulimia, self-harming and exhibiting symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Some parents have more recently realised that the traditional academic model may have its flaws in our modern society, and that the pursuit of academic success is not the be all and end all. They are now opting to send their children to schools that offer more rounded education, including social skills, with less focus placed on achieving high examination grades and top ratings in the schools league tables.

These schools seek to develop a more challenging and inspirational education, with the adolescent student's self-esteem as a priority.


This seriously challenges the mindset held by parents that the grammar school environment with its focus on academic subjects is the best education for their children, or that GCSE grades and university are the bottom line when they finish school.

Have a look at the articles about the NC being an intellectual and cultural monoculture and Parents dissatisfied with schools.


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Post Number:#2  PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:17 pm 
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It's almost another case of history repeating itself. Peter Wright mentions in Spy Catcher that in the 1930s it was youngsters from well to do backgrounds who were attracted to communism more than the downtrodden working classes who suffered the most at the hands of capitalism during the great depression. At the turn of the 21st century the Trotskyite Socialist Workers Party was dominated by lefties from middle class families living in the suburbs and shires whilst at the same time containing few truly working class or poor people. Now we have a well educated - on paper - millionaire's daughter collaborating with a bunch of thugs and hooligans from the dregs of society who think it is perfectly OK to mindlessly smash up town. For some reason unknown to man a small number of young people from affluent backgrounds who lead comfortable lifestyles are attracted to controversial or extremist anticapitalist movements. Maybe it's the next mysterious psychological condition waiting to be discovered like Asperger Syndrome was (in the English speaking world) 30 or so years ago.

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Most of the adolescent students attending my counselling sessions are high achievers who, despite attaining good academic results, suffer from low self-esteem resulting in any one or a combination of the following: binge drinking, taking illegal drugs, suffering from eating disorders such as bulimia, self-harming and exhibiting symptoms of anxiety and depression.


There is some truth to this but it is very important not to confuse situations by clearly differentiating between problems and low self esteem resulting from academic stress, failing to meet the expectations of parents, or not making the grade, and those which are caused by SEN or bulling and lack of respect from peers. My son suffered from much low self esteem and depression leading to many problems. It was not due to academic stress or low grades, but was the result of problems caused by undiagnosed AS.

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Some parents have more recently realised that the traditional academic model may have its flaws in our modern society, and that the pursuit of academic success is not the be all and end all. They are now opting to send their children to schools that offer more rounded education, including social skills, with less focus placed on achieving high examination grades and top ratings in the schools league tables.

These schools seek to develop a more challenging and inspirational education, with the adolescent student's self-esteem as a priority.


Where are these schools? Do they provide services for kids with AS?


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 Post subject: Re: Academics isn't everything...
Post Number:#3  PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:11 pm 
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It is a very confused article. I have never understood the mindset of champagne socialists and anarchists or why they behave as they do. They are uncommon people which means that it's difficult to conclude that they are the product of an education system that is too academic. Something I have picked up on is the strong bias of champagne socialists towards an arts or humanities background. Champagne socialists with degrees in science and engineering are as rare as hen's teeth.


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